Consequently, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left “Syriza” put his position at the disposal of the party noting the necessary renewal of that political force in view of the impossibility to provide a stronger and more attractive alternative than that of New Democracy (ND), which based its campaign on economic achievements.
Mitsotakis’victory is described as historic, as he broke several old records by being the first head of Government since 1974 that has improved his results after a legislature in power.
However, in his previous term, there were scandals that threatened his popularity, such as a case of wiretapping of an opposition politician and journalists. However, the electorate supported the party that had guaranteed a sooner financial recovery.
Democratic setbacks were further perceived by not a few voters, as little freedom of the press and an immigration policy deemed as harsh by Mitsotakis himself, who promised, in addition, to protect the borders and reduce the arrival of migrants.
During his previous administration, the head of State was harshly criticized for the known “hot returns” and the rejection of migrant boats at the sea, something that Athens denies but which the European Union (EU) describes as flagrant violations of international law.
In addition, open refugee camps near the borders were replaced by “controlled and closed” access centers, funded by the EU.
After the election, the ND won 158 of the 300 seats in the legislature making it the conservative party with the best results in all Europe. Mitsotakis said that “he will be the PM of all Greeks” and that the main goals of his government will be the stability of salaries, the strengthening of public health and the modernization of a state that in several sectors shows clear deficiencies.