The fact that the New Democracy party outperformed its closest rival, the Radical Left Alliance (Syriza) by a large margin in the elections held in Greece, has led to comments that Syriza’s vote loss could increase in the second election, which is scheduled for June. .
According to Maria Karakliomy, a political analyst from the research firm RASS SA, speaking to an AA reporter, the main message from the ballot box is that people accept Kiryakos Mitsotakis’ proposal to bring New Democracy to power alone.
Karakiloumi stated that Mitsotakis offered the citizens a choice of “political stability with the new democracy or venturing into the country through coalitions” and that the people preferred political stability.
SYRIZA VOICES MAY TURN INTO PASOK
“I think the crucial thing is what happens to the left-of-centre next,” Karakleomei said[الانتخابات]Which party will be the main opposition party in the next elections and what will be the division between the political parties? In my opinion, the PASOK-KINAL coalition led by Nikos Androuulakis has the opportunity to strengthen its message and increase its votes in the upcoming elections. He said.
Karakleumi stated that although PASOK-KINAL is 9 points behind SYRIZA, he will ask the people to vote to be the main opposition, and that the change that the center-left will experience will be on the agenda from now on.
Karakleumi noted that before the economic crisis in 2009, Syriza was a party with 3 to 5 percent of the vote, and the increased votes after 2012 were mainly from PASOK.
Saying that PASOK’s votes may return, Karakleume made the following assessment regarding the reasons for SYRIZA’s defeat in these elections:
“If a party takes action only in the pre-election period and asks voters and members to vote in the elections, unfortunately, it cannot build a relationship between the people and the citizens. If SYRIZA understood why it lost in 2019 during the main opposition period of 4 years and tried to build a relationship between The party and the citizens, then the people will feel close to the party.”
The reason New Democracy won this election, Karakleumi said, is that it appears to the public as the most reliable political solution.
This does not mean that the public has not complained about the administration of the new democratic government in the past four years, Karakleumi stressed, “they could not see a better alternative to the political proposal on the horizon.” He said.
Syriza’s message to the public was not clear.
Andonis Paparyiris, Director of GPO Research, stated that the message that SYRIZA was giving to the public before the elections was not clear and offered different coalition options, adding: “When people went to the polls, they realized that there was only one message that reached them. That was the clear message of the government.” The main opposition message was very blurry.” He said.
Papariris said that Syriza does not have a realistic and achievable plan and cannot explain itself to the public.
Noting that this was an election in which Mitsotakis and Tsipras were compared, Papariris said, “Mitsotakis is seen as a more talented and effective leader in the economy. On the contrary, Tsipras failed to win the people’s trust on this issue.” He said.
Papariris said, “The other two parties (Syriza and PASOK) will argue about who will be the leader of the centre-left. In previous years, SYRIZA took the votes of PASOK’s party. Now PASOK wants to win back these voters and become the superpower of the center-left.” made his comment.
People don’t want an alliance.
The message from the ballot box revealed that the people did not want to form a coalition, said Fanis Papathanasiou, an experienced journalist for Greek state television ERT.
Noting that Syriza was not expected to lose so many votes and have such a big difference with New Democracy, Papathanasiou said that polls could not predict this.
Pointing out that the votes lost by Syriza were directed to PASOK and other small parties that were unable to enter parliament, Papathanasiou said, “I think that the situation for Syriza after the elections will be very difficult for Alexis Tsipras, because after such a big defeat, he will lead his party to re-election.” Without any perspective, many believe that SYRIZA will lose more power to both PASOK and the Freedom Watch party.” He said.
Emphasizing that the ‘New Democracy’ has followed a stable path despite its faults, Papathanasiou said that citizens seem to be focusing on the positive aspects of Mitsotakis such as stability and the creation of new business fields.
Stating that the electorate did not have a serious alternative, Papathanasiou said, “Syriza did not inspire the electorate that there was a credible alternative government. People preferred stability. Tsipras could not convince the people that he could rule the country.” He said.
Papathanasiou also argued that Mitsotakis could act more comfortably to resolve problems in relations with Turkey, with “strong instructions” from the people after the second election.
“Mitsotakis may create an opportunity to solve problems in foreign policy”
Professor of International Relations at the University of Athens, Panagiotis Kakounas, said Mitsotakis believes he will come to power alone in Parliament with a large percentage when the ballot box goes to the polls for the second time.
Gakounas stated that Mitsotakis is a leader with liberal ideas and this is reflected in foreign policy, “Liberal thinking in foreign policy means good relations with neighbors and solving problems with neighbors. Mitsotakis’ victory creates more opportunity to establish good relations and solve problems with Turkey and other Balkan countries, “made her assessment.
New Democracy won the election by a wide margin.
According to the unofficial results of the general elections held in Greece on May 21, New Democracy won nearly 41 percent of the vote (146 seats), beating its closest rival Syriza by 20 points.
Syriza came second with 20.07 percent of the vote and 71 seats.
The PASOK-KINAL alliance, which finished third in the race, won 41 seats with 11.45 percent of the vote.
According to the new electoral system, it is possible to go to the polls for the second time
The electoral system, which was implemented for the first time this year in Greece, envisages negotiations to form a coalition if the election results do not allow any party to come to power on its own. If a coalition consensus is not reached, ballot boxes are created for the electors for the second time.
Going to the polls a second time, an additional 20 to 50 seats are awarded to the first party in the 300-seat parliament, depending on the share of votes, provided it receives at least 25 percent of the vote.
Voters are expected to head to the polls again on June 25, as party leaders, especially Mitsotakis, who have a say in parliament, reject the alliance option.
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