As predicted by opinion polls, the Greek opposition party, New Democracy, chaired by center-right wing leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has won the snap election that the country held. With this victory, the conservative leader Mitsotakis delivers a hard blow to outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who spent four year term in office as the country went through a difficult financial crisis.
“I asked for a strong mandate to change Greece. You offered it generously”, Mitsotakis told a cheering crowd after his victory. “From today, a difficult but beautiful fight begins.”
The 51 year old conservative leader, Mitsotakis has vowed that he will cut taxes, attract investments and create more new jobs.
“Greeks deserve better and the time has come for us to prove it”, he said.
Meanwhile, outgoing leftist leader, Tsipras, conceded the defeat and congratulated Mitsotakis.
“The citizens have made their choice. We fully respect the popular vote”, Tsipras said in a speech delivered in central Athens.
This election was the first one after the country emerged from three international bailouts, through which a number of different governments had to implement strict austerity measures. During the financial crisis, unemployment and poverty rose, while the economy shrank by 25%. TemA