Greece’s general elections will occur in May, a few weeks before Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s term in office officially ends in early July.
“I can tell you for sure that the elections will be held in May,” Mitsotakis said late Tuesday in an interview with Alpha TV, according to a transcript sent by his office.
Holding the vote in July wouldn’t work because it’s very likely that a second ballot may be needed, he said.
The decision follows the country’s worst-ever train crash three weeks ago that left 57 people dead. Mitsotakis has previously only said that the elections would occur in the spring. A reported plan to hold a snap ballot on April 9 has already been cancelled due to the deadly crash.