Greece: New self-reliant right wing government – The Golden Dawn out of the Parliament

09.07.2019 - Pressenza Athens

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Greece: New self-reliant right wing government – The Golden Dawn out of the Parliament
Tomorrow, the new Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis (photo of the New Democracy social networks) will be sworn in.

The new Parliament, as it emerged from the results of the 7th July elections in Greece, consists of six parties. This time, the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is out of Parliament and this is a victory for the 58% of the electorate that went to the polls.

The conservative right wing New Democracy (Nea Dimokratia) achieved self-reliance with 39.84% and 158 MPs. SYRIZA, who until recently was in government, got 31.54% and 86 MPs. For the first time, two new parties are coming to the Parliament: The Greek Solution (Elliniki lisi), a controversial direction with far-right rhetoric, and Diem25, led by former Finance Minister Yiannis Varoufakis.
In a statement, the new Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said that he wants to be the prime minister of all Greeks and that his self-reliance gives him a four-year rule. Outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he would make a strong opposition and wished the rise of New Democracy (Nea Dimokratia) not to be a cause of revivalism and revenge. Yiannis Varoufakis referred to the referendum night in July 2015, saying that the people punished the governments that oppressed them, and that Diem25 is starting a race against the “Latvian model”.

The electoral process will be repeated in a polling station in Exarchia, Athens, where a 10-member team invaded and stole the ballot box. Despite this episode, the formation of a government seems likely to happen today 8 July.

Here are detailed rates and MPs (source Ministry of the Interior):
New Democracy: 39.85% (158 MPs)
SYRIZA: 31.53% (86 MPs)
KINAL: 8.09% (22 MPs)
KKE: 5.31% (15 MPs)
Greek Solution: 3,69% (10 MPs)
Diem25: 3.44% (9 MPs)
Other: 8,09%

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