It looks like Greece’s romance with Tsipras is over

Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis appears to be the winner of the Greek parliamentary elections on Sunday evening. A first result shows that the party of Mitsotakis has received almost 40 percent of the votes. The party of sitting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received 31.5 percent of the vote.

Tsipras said he congratulated his competitor Mitsotakis with the win. He said he hopes the new government will respect workers’ rights.

If the final result also shows that Mitsotakis has won the elections, he will be sworn in as prime minister.

The provisional winner of the election demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Tsipras in May, after the Nea Dimocracy (New Democracy) party of Mitsotakis had won the European elections.

Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, responded by submitting a request for early elections, despite the fact that his mandate only expired in October. That request was honored.

Tsipras, who had been prime minister since the beginning of 2015, was under fire within his own party because of the cuts that Greece would have to implement to receive emergency aid from Europe. Its popularity fell even further after Tsipras reached an agreement with neighboring country North Macedonia about the new name of that country.

Sunday’s elections were the first elections after reducing the age of voting to seventeen years. Previously, that age was eighteen.

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