Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described Sunday’s elections as a “political earthquake” after his New Democracy party won 40.8 percent of the vote.
He writes doctor After more than 99 percent of the votes were counted Monday morning.
The New Democracy party received more than twice the share of the vote as the second largest party, the left-wing Syriza party, which received 20.1 percent of the vote. But a large percentage of votes is not enough to secure the government’s power.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the conservatives now face the choice of forming a coalition government or calling new elections in hopes of winning the last seats they need to secure an outright majority.
New Democracy won 146 seats in parliament, five short of the necessary majority. Now the party has three days to find a partner in government, if there is no second round of elections.
However, there are many indications that Greeks will go to the polls again as early as next month. The election rules mean that the party that gets the most votes in the second round is allocated an additional 50 seats in parliament. Thus, the Conservatives would have a good chance of getting a solid majority.
Article translated from Altinget. dk.
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