After four unruly years of administration of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras witnessing overwhelming financial crisis, the recent Greek elections have brought a change in power, with a new leader in the country.
With the verdict of elections announced, Kyriakos Mitsotakis has become the new leader of the country after providing the centre-right New Democracy Party a tremendous majority to form the government.
The New Democracy Party received 39.7 percent of the 91 percent votes as compared with the 31.5 percent of the votes received by the leader of the Syriza Party, Alexis Tsipras. Following the verdict, Tsipras admitted his defeat and congratulated the new leader on his success.
With the result of the Greek elections announced, Kyriakos Mitsotakis would be facing a sea of grave challenges to combat the infrastructure and economic issues. These include redevelopment of the deserted Hellenikon International Airport, lead the banks through the insurmountable mountains of bad loans and persuading the investors to reinvest in the country.
Mitsotakis would also need to minimize the taxes and privatize the services which are still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis. His administration would also need to curb the youth unemployment, which has reached all time high under the rule of Tsipras.
Following the victory in the Greek elections, the new leader of the country said that he had been given a chance to bring a change. He further said that one of the prime reasons for his selection as the Greek Prime Minister is because the Greeks were “too few to stay divided”.
“Society wants us to move forward united. It wants growth, work, security and for Greece to become, as it deserves, strong again. I’ll be prime minister of all Greeks. I will work to convince our compatriots who did not support us,” Mitsotakis said.
Mitsotakis hails from the family of politicians and some of the top leaders of the country. He is the son of former Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis, uncle to new elected Mayor of Athens and the brother of former foreign minister. He has strived hard during the election campaign to forsake the image of a member having family privilege.
While the Greek elections have provided Mitsotakis a clear majority, it has also provided him a chance to prove himself against every possible insurmountable crisis the country is going through. The only satisfaction is that he has received a clear majority and won 158 seats, meaning he would be able to administer the policies without the issues. The only question that remains is, will these policies turn the boat of the country and lead it to a path of progress or doom it further?