New Democracy lawmaker Evangelos Meimarakis has given up his parliamentary seat ahead of European Parliament elections in May.
In a letter to House speaker Nikos Voutsis Thursday, Meimarakis said he would not make use of a recent amendment which allows MEP candidates to retain their seats in the Greek parliament.
The seat will be filled by Zoi Rapti.
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.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced Sunday that Evangelos Meimarakis, his former rival for the leadership, will lead the party's effort in the elections to the European Parliament, in May 2019.
Mitsotakis had narrowly defeated Meimarakis for the top party post in January 2016.
Mitsotakis' announcement came on the last day of New Democracy's 12th Congress.
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.