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Greek Prime Minister calls legislative elections for May 21

Greek centre-right Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called a general election on May 21 following a train disaster that slashed his party’s long-held majority in opinion polls.

Athens, Greece — Greek center-right Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday called a general election for May 21, following a train disaster that shrunk his party’s long-held majority in opinion polls.

The February 28 train crash in northern Greece killed 57 people. The disaster sparked public anger, cutting the lead of the conservative New Democracy party by around half to 4 points over its main left-wing rival, Syriza.

“The country needs clear skies…our work is proceeding with more boldness and less compromise,” Mitsotakis said during a televised Cabinet meeting.

Mitsotakis, the 55-year-old son of late former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, remained popular throughout his four-year tenure. But more recently, his reputation has been marred by allegations of wiretapping by state security services, as well as the government’s failure to protect the security of the rail network.

The election is unlikely to produce a new government.


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