Bracing for 101-day electoral marathon

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is seen speaking at a cabinet meeting called to discuss the train crash at Tempe, northern Greece, and measures to restore the safety of rail transport, on March 9.  [YANNIS KOLESIDIS/AMNA]

The assurance by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that the elections will be held in May, with the 21st and 28th being considered as the most likely days, has put the country's political system in overdrive until July 2, when the second round is expected. During this time there will be three or probably four periods with extremely dense developments.

Given the 21-day minimum election period, the first period has already begun as Parliament must be dissolved no later than April 28. Until then, few bills and mainly provisions-amendments are planned to be passed. During this time, it is likely that the political leaders will cross swords against the backdrop of the train crash at Tempe.

The second period will begin with the presidential decree on the dissolution of Parliament, and the rollout of procedures to formalize political formations and parliamentary candidates....

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