As campaigning heats up ahead of next week's snap election, opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose center-right New Democracy party is leading in the polls, called on Greeks to get out and vote, describing abstention as "the defeat of democracy."
"Not one vote should be wasted," the ND leader said while campaigning in Evros, northern Greece.
Movement for Change leader Fofi Gennimata has ruled out the prospect of her centre-left party joining a coalition government with the top party in the 7 July general election, which according to all polls will be New Democracy by a wide margin.
"We are seeking a strong mandate in order to overturn the political scene," Gennimata said.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insists on challenging opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis to a TV debate. He believes he comes across better, as does everyone in SYRIZA and possibly even most people in New Democracy. I admit that I thought so too, from 2016, when Mitsotakis was elected president of ND, until now.
Even as SYRIZA confronted a New Democracy landslide in 2 June local election run-offs, a poll on voter intention in the 7 July general election had the ruling party trailing ND by nine percentage points, nearly the identical spread between the two top parties as in the 26 May European Parliament election.