Mitsotakis: 'If the citizens want me to return to the Maximos Mansion, they must come and vote for me again'

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The results of the May 21 elections are a good indication of how the electorate will vote in the repeat elections on June 25, provided that they actually turn out to vote once again, New Democracy President Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned in an interview with journalist Alexis Papachelas, published in the Sunday edition of the daily "Kathimerini".

"We have to go and vote again. Then we were called upon to win. Now we are called upon to govern. If, therefore, the citizens want me to return to the Maximos Mansion, if that is their choice, then they must come and vote for me again," he said.

Mitsotakis noted that a government with absolute majority did not mean a government that was not accountable but an effective government. "Only strong governments can make big changes. I have not concealed my ambition that the second four-year term will be [one] of very big changes. The stronger the legitimacy I have to make such changes, the easier it will be to implement them," he added.

Mitsotakis underlined that he was not the one who "burned the bridges" with opposition PASOK, adding that the party's leader Nikos Androulakis had adopted a "very consistent strategy to steer PASOK much more toward the Left and certainly does not desire any communication with me, personally."

"Consequently, I see no other choice for the country today apart from an absolute majority and, obviously, it would be better if this majority were not marginal but wider. I had 158 MPs in the previous elections, I think I served the agenda with this majority with great ease, without feeling bound by dependencies but also without [becoming arrogant], something that I will not allow myself, primarily, to become and which I will certainly not allow in my staff and future ministers," Mitsotakis said.

He also categorically ruled out cooperation with small parties to the right of ND.

Talking about his priorities in terms of reforms, Mitsotakis said the top priority would be the economy and growth, which must reduce inequalities and improve the incomes of wage earners, be friendly to the environment and digitisation, while he also emphasised public health.

Referring to Greece's relations with neighbouring Turkiye, he said that a drastic change in that country's foreign policy was unlikely, regardless of who won the Turkish elections.

"On the other hand, I am fully aware that every new political start in Greece and Turkiye is an opportunity to re-evaluate what happened in the last four years and possibly for a framework of greater understanding and more peaceful coexistence with the neighbouring country. This is my own intention. I will stress, however, something crucial: it is not only who governs in the neighbouring country that matters but also who's at the helm in our country. It is yet another reason why the elections of June 25th are crucial," Mitsotakis added.

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