ND 39.7% – SYRIZA minimized loses at 31.5% – Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (2.98% possibly out of Parliament). – KINAL 8%, KKE 5.3%, Elliniki Lysi 3.8%, MERA25 3.5%
Conservative New Democracy party of Kyriakos Mitsotakis scored a big victory in Sunday’s snap elections in Greece and will form the next government. Projections by Singular Logic, the Greek tech firm tasked with vote tallying, showed New Democracy party winning 39.8 percent of the vote compared to SYRIZA’s 31. 5percent. Center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) at 8.3 percent, the Greek Communist Party at 5.3 percent, Greek Solution at 3.7 percent and MeRA25 at 3.4 percent, while Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn with 2.98% could be left out of Parliament.
“Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras contacted New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the phone and congratulated him on ND’s great victory. Mitsotakis thanked him for calling,” ND sources said on Sunday.
The handover ceremony for the premiership will take place on Monday, at the Maximos Mansion, after Mitsotakis’ swearing-in ceremony, the same sources said.
“The national elections have been completed in the sense that we are in the phase of counting votes and crosses. There was no problem, and any issue that arose during the election process was solved,” Interior Minister Antonis Roupakiotis said on Sunday evening, after polling stations closed.
The New Democracy party was in the lead in 49 of the country’s 59 electoral constituencies with 57 pct of the vote counted late on Sunday, versus 10 for SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance.
The electoral constituencies where ND was in the lead included the Athens 1st, the North and South Sector of the Athens 2nd, Piraeus 1st, Eastern Attica, Thessaloniki 1st and Thessaloniki 2nd and all constituencies in Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia, the Peloponnese, North Aegean, South Aegean, and the Ionian Islands.
In Epirus, the party has gained three out of four electoral constituencies, four in five in Eastern Macedonia-Thrace and two of three in Western Greece.
Its biggest lead over SYRIZA are in its traditional “strongholds” in Lakonia (49.84 pct versus 20.28 pct for SYRIZA) and in Serres (49.89 pct versus 20.26 pct).
SYRIZA has prevailed in all four electoral constituencies of Crete, the West Sector of Athens 2nd, Piraeus 2nd, Western Attica, Achaia, Arta and Xanthi. Its lead over ND in Lasithi, Rethymno and Arta is less than 1 pct, however, while ND’s lead in Evia and Ilia is similarly marginal.
ND received its highest percentage in Kastoria (50.48 pct) and Lakonia (50.26), followed by Evrytania (48.31 pct), Serres (47.85 pct), Pieria (46.54 pct), Chios (45.53 pct), Karditsa (45.29 pct) and the North Sector of Athens 2nd (44.58 pct).
SYRIZA’s highest percentages were in Iraklio (43.13 pct), Achaia (40.55 pct), Arta (40.05 pct) and Xanthi (38.67 pct).
Riot police officers were dispatched to the downtown neighborhood of Exarchia on Sunday evening after reports that self-styled anarchists grabbed at least one ballot box following attacks on three polling stations in the broader area.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first head of state to call New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis to congratulate him on this great victory and wished him good luck on Sunday evening, according to New Democracy’s sources.
On his part, Mitsotakis thanked him and stressed that he seeks a relaunch of Greek-Turkish relations on the basis of respect for international law and a sincere dialogue, beneficial to both peoples,” the sources added.
President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades also congratulated Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“The sovereign Greek people spoken,” New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, in his first statements after the elections.
He thanked the voters for their generosity in giving him a strong mandate with a majority government, noting that “ND’s victory is a victory for Greece and every Greek.”
“I will be the prime minister of all Greeks. I will work to convince our fellow citizens who did not support us. We are too few to be divided and we have a lot to do together. I am taking over the governance with awareness of the difficulties ahead. I have faith in my abilities and I will complete my mission,” he said.
“I am aware of the difficulties. I draw strength from the people, from this great stream. [The result] was not an expression of their will to end a painful cycle. It was the desire to take our fortunes into our own hands. I feel the need to address the Greeks abroad. I will not ask you to return. I am asking you to turn your eyes toward Greece. From now on we are working to change the country you had to abandon. The Greeks deserve better,” he underlined.
“I asked for a strong mandate to change Greece. You gave it to me generously. I will not deny your hopes,” the ND leader said, adding:
“Today I draw strength from my family, my wife and my three children. I feel my parents’ wishes protect me.
“Starting today is a difficult but wonderful struggle. The country proudly raises its head and we are rolling up our sleeves. The new government will work hard. The prestige of democracy and the institutions will be restored.
“I have promised to reduce taxes, increase investment, boost development, and create an efficient state. Transparency, accountability and meritocracy are returning to the country. Our national voice is becoming stronger in Europe. We are starting now. The parliament will work all summer.
“I am not asking for a grace period. We do not have time to lose. We are building a broad front of consensus.”
“As of tomorrow, the sky will be bluer, the sun will be brighter. A new day will dawn for our country,” he stated.
“The citizens made their choices. The people’s verdict is by us fully respected,” stated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday night, in a press conference conceding defeat in the 2019 national elections.
“In democracy, the change in governance is the essence of democracy,” he said, adding that on Monday he will receive New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos mansion.
SYRIZA, he added, will remain a strong presence as the main opposition, to prevent expressions of revanchism against social conquests.
“The Greece that we are delivering to the new government is nothing like Greece as it was handed over to us,” Tsipras said, adding that ND’s predominance is clear but the result of the election is not a strategic defeat for SYRIZA that many had wanted and striven to bring about.
“I will struggle hard in order for SYRIZA and the Progressive Alliance to become a major progressive democratic party with responsibility for the present and the future of the country. We will work hard and with persistence in order for ND’s victory to be proved temporary,” he said.
“In my life and my political career I have learned to fight. Anyone who does not fight does not make mistakes. Anyone who struggles knows how to win and also knows how to lose,” Tsipras said and concluded: “But most of all, he learns to stand up again when he falls and continue fighting. That’s what I’m going to do, that’s what we are going to do.
Concluding, SYRIZA’s leader said that his party continue to be here, stronger and more experienced, to continue the struggle.
New Democracy sources on Sunday evening commented on the first exit poll results at 80 pct, which show a clear lead for ND in the 2019 general elections, calling it “a historic victory” if confirmed.
“It is a historic victory for ND that is personally credited to Kyriakos Mitsotakis. If the exit polls are confirmed, ND has today achieved one of the biggest margins of victory since 1974. We remind you that a similar electoral lead was last recorded in 1981,” the sources noted, and continued by saying that “it shows that citizens want to leave the crisis behind them and regain a sense of normality in our country.”
“The result obviously reflects disapproval of SYRIZA. But it is mainly a positive vote for ND. In the European elections, citizens may have denounced the SYRIZA government, but today – as the SYRIZA pre-electoral maxim had said – ‘Greeks voted for their lives.’ And they chose the ND government plan to make their lives better. A plan with fewer taxes, new and better jobs and security for all,” the party sources says.
They also mentioned that the result “increases our responsibility,” and noted that “Greece is entering a new era, leaving the crisis and all that marked it behind. The tensions, the divisive rhetoric and the toxic public speech.”
In their first reaction, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance sources noted:
“If the results of the exit poll are verified, there is a clear lead for New Democracy (ND). We respect the popular verdict, which is the essence of democracy. That is what we have done throughout our course until today.”
SYRIZA was, nonetheless, getting a substantial electoral percentage in extremely difficult circumstances that confirms that it is the main and indisputable expression of leftist, progressive and democratic forces in the country, the same source added.
SYRIZA leaves a rich legacy, a country with its public debt regulated, free of the memoranda and the IMF, with healthy public funds, reduced unemployment, a strong social protection network, and nine consecutive quarters of growth.
“We will defend these conquests from the position of a strong main opposition that the popular verdict has placed us,” the source said.
“A role that we will honour with accountability, compassion and determination to defend the rights and achievements of our people.”
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) cadres, in a first comment on the first exit poll result on Sunday, said that it appeared that the trend is upward in comparison with the euroelections and the previous national elections in terms of percentage points and seats in parliament.