Bakoyannis, Iliopoulos go to second round in Athens mayoral race

Leading the Athens mayoral race on Sunday evening was candidate Kostas Bakoyannis, affiliated with main opposition New Democracy, by a wide margin from the next candidate, Nasos Iliopoulos, affiliated with ruling SYRIZA.

With voting counts in from 98.41 pct of all voting centres for local government, Bakoyannis received 41.67 pct of the votes (21 seats on the municipal council), followed by Iliopoulos with 16.96 pct (8 seats). Mοvement for Change (KINAL) affiliated candidate, former minister Pavlos Geroulanos, got 13.8 pct (6 seats), and extreme-right Golden Dawn’s deputy Ilias Kasidiaris came fourth with 10.57 pct and 5 seats. All other candidates received under 10 percent.

Voters and colleagues of Bakoyannis feted him at his main electoral booth in Athens, on Stadiou Street. He said he feels “shock and awe before this amazing percentage, beyond any of my expectations,” and he thanked his team and other fellow candidates in the race for their “civilised political behaviour.”

Iliopoulos, who also made it to the next round on June 2, said that he was happy “for the great drop in the percentages of neo-Nazi murderers of Golden Dawn” and called for a greater voter turnout, which at 46 pct “could not make any candidate happy.”