Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ “crushing defeat forced him to declare his intention to proceed with snap national elections,” said New Democracy in a brief statement on Sunday night, following a poor showing of ruling SYRIZA in European Parliament elections in Greece.
“Greeks provided the solution with their vote, and will pave the way for a brighter Greece,” said the main opposition in its statement.
Earlier thw Pm’s announce for snap electiosn “Sunday’s result so far for the European Parliament elections in Greece, which show a wide lead to New Democracy over ruling SYRIZA, is a powerful condemnation of today’s government,” the main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said,
In televised statements, Mitsotakis said that “the Greek people have withdrawn their confidence in the government majority,” and that Prime Minister and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras “has to assume his responsibilities and resign in the interest of the country. Greece must go to general elections the soonest possible.”
Although the end of term and national elections are expected in October, “it’s enough time to damage the country even further,” the ND leader said, citing national and economic threats.
“Greece needs a new strong government, with a fresh confidence in it expressed by the Greek people,” Mitsotakis said, adding that he plans to “unite all Greeks and bring the country to a new and more optimistic era,” and begin campaigning throughout Greece as of Monday.