Early election results shows the Greece’s centre-right opposition party New Democracy has won the nation’s general snap election by at least 39.8% of the votes currently, giving them a majority of the votes.
It would appear that the Greeks are going back to the old Guard who brought them down to their knees a decade ago with high debt and crushing economic turmoil.
The snap election was called by now former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after growing dissatisfaction with the way he had handled the Migrant crises and most important youth unemployment level which is the highest in the country’s history.
Reports suggests that this was the lowest election turnout for many years in the Mediterranean country. Voting is mandatory in the country but not enforced therefore many voters took to the beaches whilst others stayed home shading away from the rising temperature. This was the sixth election held in Greece since EU bailout a few years ago. It would appear that the electorates knew the centre-right party was going to win the election.
According to reports 88% of districts have returned their results.
Reacting to the early results the prime minister-elect told supporters he had been given a strong mandate for change
“The country proudly raises its head again,” he told the crowd in the capital Athens, saying he would be a president for all because Greeks were “too few to stay divided”.
The newly elected party back into power has vowed to lower taxes and privatise services in the country, which is still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis.
But youth unemployment remains high, and New Democracy has counted many 18-24 year olds among its supporters.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the son of former Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis. His sister, Dora Bakoyannis, was mayor of Athens when the city hosted the Olympics in 2004, before becoming Greek foreign minister.