Greece prepares for new President

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greek Parliament is set to elect a new President for the Republic, as the five year term of current President Prokopis Pavlopoulos expires in 2020.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday confirmed that his proposal for a new Presidential candidate is imminent.

Mitsotakis said he is close to a final decision, during an informal lunch with journalists at Schedia street magazine’s restaurant and cultural hub in central Athens.

During the informal lunch the Greek PM referred to a range of topical issues including current tensions in Greek-Turkish relations, noting that Turkey is now isolated diplomatically, but reiterated that communication between the two counties must be kept open. He also stressed that Greece would only agree to resorting to the UN’s International Court of Justice in The Hague only for the issues of the continental shelf and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.

Speaking of armaments, he said, “If the country’s current fiscal state allows it, we will seriously consider purchasing F-35 fighter jets, because they are the most readily available and advanced in the market.”

Schedia is a monthly free-press magazine sold by street vendors who are homeless, and is distributed in the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki since 2013. This is the second time the Prime Minister meets with the magazine team.