Kyriacos Mitsotakis triumphs in New Democracy leadership election race

Kyriacos Mitsotakis was elected new leader of New Democracy, Greece’s main opposition party, on January 10 2016.

Mitsotakis’s victory over opponent Vangelis Meimarakis in the second round of voting was considered a surprise considering that the latter had won comfortably in the first round. Meimarakis was also silently backed by former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis who is highly influential in northern Greece and remains very popular in the conservative party.

Mitsotakis turned out to be more popular than Meimarakis in Attica and, as analysts point out, won over supporters in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, as well as in Crete. He also recorded landslide victories in all the European cities where a vote was held.

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