Socialism in Greece

Former transport minister Karamanlis set for re-election

Kostas A. Karamanlis, who resigned as transport minister following the tragic train collision in Tempe in February, appears to be on track for re-election as an MP in Serres, northern Greece.

According to the latest data from the Interior Ministry, with the majority of votes counted, New Democracy is leading in Serres, a five-seat constituency, with just under 47 percent of the vote.

Expert sees ‘devastating’ election result for SYRIZA, cautions over lack of scrutiny on government

According to Wolfango Piccoli, co-president at financial advisory firm Teneo, Sunday's election result had a "devastating" impact on the SYRIZA leftist opposition, while leaving New Democracy in a dominant position with limited scrutiny.

"It is a devastating outcome for the opposition, especially for SYRIZA," Piccoli told news website Politico.

New Democracy Claims Victory in First Round of Greek Elections

Greek Prime Minister and leader of New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis (R), enters his party's offices , 21 May 2023. Photo EPA-EFE/GEORGE VITSARAS

After 77.27 per cent of the total votes were counted, Kyriakos Mitsotakis's New Democracy won 40.83 per cent of the votes, almost twice as much as Alexis Tsipras's SYRIZA, which won 20.10 per cent.