Story: Greece’s ruling New Democracy Party claimed victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday, but fell just short of an absolute majority to form a government on its own.
In Athens, Greek Prime Minister and New Democracy Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the vote was “conclusive”.
The result is a surprising boost for Mitsotakis, who is seeking re-election for a second term. Mr. Mitsotakis had to contend with a wiretapping scandal, a cost of living crisis and a railroad accident in February that sparked public outrage.
Sunday’s vote was a blow to opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, a former prime minister, who called the result “particularly negative” for his Syrian party and contacted Mitsotakis to congratulate him on the victory. Stated.
Greece’s president on Monday gave three main parties three days each to form a coalition government.
If all else fails, the president will appoint an interim government to prepare for new elections in about a month.