New Democracy expected to lead the country following national elections

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Greece’s main opposition party New Democracy are expected to have an easy win over Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party in next week's election.

The country is heading for early elections after Tsipras called snap polls on July 7, following a defeat of his Syriza party to Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s New Democracy in European Parliament and local elections in May.

Recent polls suggest the defeat will be repeated on July 7, with a poll by MRB for the Ta Nea newspaper showing the conservative New Democracy about nine points ahead with 35.4%-40.4% of the vote, consistent with the results of the European elections.

Since his 2015 win, analysts say posturing by Tsipras’ administration against reforms sought by creditors cost the country time, and billions of euros, while others say his U-turn ultimately cost him his voters.

All polls point to a victory for Mitsotakis, 51, whose father, Konstantinos, was Prime Minister of Greece from 1990 to 1993, while Kyriakos’s sister, Dora Bakoyiannis, served as foreign minister of the country under New Democracy governments and now his nephew Kostas Bakoyiannis is the new Mayor of Athens.

“I believe what most opinion polls seem to indicate, that New Democracy will be very close to not only being first but having enough votes in parliament in order to have an autonomous opportunity to run the country for the next predictable years,” said Theodore Couloumbis, a political analyst.

Under Greek electoral law, the party with the biggest share of the vote gets a bonus number of seats to secure a workable majority in the 300-seat parliament.

*Source: Reuters