Greece’s centre-right leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis sworn in as Prime Minister

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of Greece's centre-right New Democracy party, was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second term on 26th June.

An overview of the news

  • The swearing-in ceremony took place at the presidential palace in the presence of the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, following the country's tradition.

  • Mitsotakis expressed his gratitude for the strong mandate given to him by the voters and pledged to accelerate institutional and economic reforms.

  • He emphasized that major reforms would be implemented rapidly, and he had ambitious targets for his next four years in power that could bring transformative changes to Greece.

  • With 99.67 percent of the vote counted, New Democracy secured 40.55 percent of the vote, more than twice the percentage obtained by the main opposition party, Syriza.

  • Under the new electoral law that prioritizes the first party, New Democracy secured a comfortable majority of 158 seats in the 300-member Parliament, while Syriza obtained 48 seats.

  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, aged 55 and a Harvard graduate, comes from a prominent political family in Greece, with his father serving as Prime Minister in the 1990s and his sister and nephew also holding political positions.

About Greece

  • Greece is the southernmost of the countries of the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which about 170 are inhabited.

  • President - Katerina N. Sakellaropoulou

  • Prime Minister - Kyriakos Mitsotakis

  • Capital - Athens

  • Currency - euro

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