Addressing his party’s political committee on Wednesday, New Democracy leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said that if the government loses the support of its coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL), the scenario of an October election is against democratic order.
The prime minister, he continued, is now faced with two choices: either ask parliament for a new confidence vote or take the country to elections, as is democratically legitimate.
Mitsotakis then rounded up the four years the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government has spent in office by saying that the partners will leave Greece in far worse conditions compared to 2014 and significantly lagging behind other countries that were in a fiscal adjustment programme.
The main opposition leader also appealed to all democratic forces in the opposition to form a common progressive front.
Mitsotakis said that the next election will not concern only the course of the economy but also the quality of Greece’s democracy, and he referred to the “dark side” of the Tsipras administration. Mitsotakis then criticized the current government for using the judicial system to serve its own purposes; extending threats to the press and therefore curtailing its freedom of speech; and approving leave from prison for convicted terrorists.
Finally, Mitsotakis invited young voters and those belonging to other parties to vote for his party at the national elections, which he called “the mother of all battles”.