Alexis Tsipras and his party promised ‘hope is coming’, then refashioned his government as a rightwing force
After steering New Democracy to landslide win, former banker says ‘hard work begins today’
Outgoing PM has been on quite a journey but he doesn’t seem to have taken the Greek people with him
After steering New Democracy to landslide win, former banker says ‘hard work begins today.’
With all votes counted on Monday, New Democracy was shown to have captured 39.8% and 158 seats, more than doubling its presence in the 300-seat parliament. Tsipras’s Syriza party won 31.5%.
A new cabinet is expected to swear in tomorrow and convene on Wednesday.
Greece’s outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has handed over power to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker who navigated the centre-right New Democracy party to landslide victory in Sunday’s snap general elections.
In a changing of the guard that was as subdued as it was swift, Mitsotakis assumed office after he was officially…
On This Day
- 412 BC: Athens and Sparta agreed to a truce during the Peloponnesian War. This, so-called "Peace of Nicias" only lasted six years.
- 1850: The Pacifico incident ended after the intervention of France and Russia.
- 1896: The Closing ceremony of the first modern Olympic Games was held.
- 1939: Archaeological digs brought to light a palace in ancient Pylos, possibly that of Trojan War hero King Nestor.
- 1951: Conservatives won the mayoral elections in Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus.
- Births: Jean Moreas, French-Greek poet (1856), Memos Ioannou, basketball player and coach (1958).
- Deaths: Georgios Vizyinos, poet/writer (1896).
Alexis Tsipras and his party promised ‘hope is coming’, then refashioned his government as a