Elections a one-horse race after conservatives topple left-wing strongholds

Theodoros Sideris, a volunteer at a municipal open-air cinema in the Athens' district of Kaisariani, arranges chairs before an evening showing on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Sideris, who comes from a traditionally left-leaning area of the Greek capital, says he will vote for the conservative frontrunners in a general election on Sunday, after expressing disappointment with opposition parties. [Petros Giannakouris/AP Photo]

Voters return to the polls Sunday for a second general election in five weeks, with the conservative New Democracy front-runners eyeing a landslide win after toppling strongholds dominated by their opponents for decades.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the 55-year-old New Democracy leader, is seeking a second four-year term as prime minister. His center-right New Democracy party won by a huge margin in May elections but is heading to a second ballot to take advantage of election law changes that favor the winning party.

Sunday's vote comes days after hundreds of migrants died and went missing when an over-crowded fishing trawler capsized and sank off Pylos, drawing criticism over how Greek authorities handled the rescue.

But the disaster did little to dent Mitsotakis' 20-point lead in opinion polls over left-wing SYRIZA rivals.

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