Meimarakis and Mitsotakis will be heading to run-off elections for the presidency of ND on January 10

Vangelis Meimarakis and Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be heading to run-off elections for the presidency of the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on January 10, interim ND president Yiannis Plakiotakis said late on Sunday.

In his statement, Plakiotakis thanked the 400,000 party members who turned out to vote throughout Greece, as well as volunteers; he especially thanked the four candidates, “mainly for their decorum on election day.”

He said that as no candidate received an outright majority, a second round would be held on January 10, and he called for “cool-headedness, unity and prudence” before wishing the Greek people a Merry Christmas.

Meimarakis’ votes exceeded 40% but fell short of the outright majority necessary to win. Mitsotakis reached close to 30%, while Apostolos Tzitzikostas and Adonis Georgiadis, the other two candidates, collected single-digit percentages.

In statements after the elections, Mitsotakis said “participation exceeded any expectation. Today, traditional voters joined thousands of young ones. They sent a message of turning ND into a great centre-right group. They also sent a message to the incompetent government of SYRIZA.”