Greek PM Gets Mandate To Form Coalition Gov't
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has received an official mandate to form a coalition government after falling short of an absolute majority win in Sunday's election, Karolina Tagaris and Angeliki Koutantou reported for Reuters.
Photo Insert: Mitsotakis' New Democracy party won 40.8% of the vote versus 20% for the leftist Syriza.
Mitsotakis' New Democracy party won 40.8% of the vote versus 20% for the leftist Syriza.
The result was a stunning boost for Mitsotakis, whose administration had to deal with a wiretapping scandal, the COVID pandemic, a cost of living crisis, and a deadly rail crash in February that triggered public outrage.
But under a new voting system, he failed to win outright, getting 146 seats in the 300-member parliament, below a threshold of 151 lawmakers to govern the country alone. Reporting for Wall Street Journal, Yannis Palaiologos and Marcus Walker said Mitsotakis is confident that his party can win smaller parties as its junior coalition partners.
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou was expected to invite Mitsotakis on Monday and hand him a three-day mandate to lead talks with other parties to form a coalition.
If the talks fail, the second and third parties - Syriza followed by the socialist PASOK - each get a three-day mandate as well. Should no party succeed in forming a coalition, Sakellaropoulou will appoint a caretaker government to take the country to a new vote about a month later.
Mitsotakis said that people gave him the mandate to "rule strong and autonomous," meaning he was unlikely to join forces with any other party.
His sights were set on the second ballot which will take place under a semi-proportional representation, with a sliding scale seat bonus, increasing the chances of an outright win for his party.