New Democracy MP Vangelis Meimarakis is expected to give up his seat ahead of European Parliament elections in May where he will run as a candidate.
In comments made Wednesday, the 65-year-old politician said he would not make use of a new provision allowing lawmakers to run as candidates in European Parliament elections without having to give up their status as MP at home.
Former defense minister Vangelis Meimarakis, 64, who also served as temporary leader of New Democracy in 2015, will head the conservative ballot in the elections for European Parliament in May.
His candidacy was confirmed on Wednesday after Meimarakis met with New Democracy chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis the previous evening.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy, promised to ‘rebuild’ the party and enter ‘a truth pact’ with the people, during his address at the party’s opening day of its 10th Convention in Athens, Friday. ‘You gave me the mandate to build New Democracy from scratch’, he told party delegates.
Candidate Vangelis Meimarakis appeared optimistic about the election results and voters’ participation. According to information, about 40,000 voters have already cast their vote.
After casting his vote, Mr. Meimarakis said “Today New Democracy celebrates” stressing that there are neither winners nor losers, but today wins democracy within New Democracy party.