Tsipras loses again as center-right takes Athens

In local elections, Nea Dimokratia ahead. Test for national vote

03 June, 11:19

    (by Patrizio Nissirio) (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 3 - Greece's center-right Nea Dimokratia party has confirmed its positive moment. Conservative candidates have overwhelmingly won second-round runoff elections in Athens and in the capital's region, Attica, the two richest 'prizes' at stake in this vote.

    Premier Alexis Tsipras, already defeated at European elections on May 26, is now facing a nearly impossible mission: convincing Greek voters in a month to back his coalition after the outcome of administrative and European elections that rejected the government's policies over the last few years. This occurred in spite of measures approved over the last few months in favor of low-income Greeks and good economic growth in the country to give voters new confidence in the radical left coalition.

    The vote is scheduled on July 7. A survey published today after ballots had closed gave conservatives a lead of 36.5% of the would-be vote with elections registering the success of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of Nea Dimokratia. This would mark the return in power of one of the great Greek political families, that of Premier Konstantinos Mitsotakis, his father, who governed Greece from 1990 to 1993. According to polls by Singular Logic, based on interior ministry data, the mayoral candidate for Athens Konstantinos Bakoyannis has won 65,2% of the vote while the candidate for president of Attica, Giorgos Patoulis, 66,2%. The city was administrated by an independent politician, Giorgos Kaminis, while Attica (where Nd hadn't won since 1998) was governed by Rena Dourou of Syriza.

    The only downside was the defeat of the Nd candidate in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city: Nikos Tachiaos, who took the lead after the first round of voting, was beaten by an independent candidate, considered a progressive, Konstantinos Zervas. Tachiaos acknowledged his defeat shortly after the exit polls were published.

    In Patras, one of the country's main cities, the Communist mayor known for his pro-migration stance, Konstantinos Peletidis, was re-elected with a wide margin.

    Also confirmed was the mayor of Piraeus, Greece's third largest-city, Yannis Moralis, an independent.

    Out of the country's 13 regions, in the first round of voting five had gone to Nea Dimokratia and one to Syriza, the party of Premier Alexis Tsipras, who was defeated in European elections.

    This run-off vote (involving seven regions and 229 municipal administrations) was particularly important ahead of early political elections which are likely to be scheduled on July 7.

    Polls show that Nea Dimokratia should win in 11 out of the 13 regions in which Greece is divided. Attica, where half of Greece's population lives, is the main prize.(ANSAmed).

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