Kasselaki electes as new leader of SYRIZA
Stefanos Kasellakis became the new leader of Greece's main opposition Radical Left Alliance (SYRIZA). Kaselakis defeated his rival Effie Achtsioglou by a margin of nearly 10 per cent in the second round. Kaselakis, who has not previously served as an MP or minister, is a businessman with a degree in finance and economics.
In the first round of presidential elections held on 17 September, the top two candidates, Kaselakis and Efi Ahcioglu, competed for the leadership of SYRIZA in the second round held on 24 September.
Mr Ahcioglu called Kaselakis and congratulated him.
Kaselakis, who has not previously served as an MP or minister, met SYRIZA in 2021.
At the invitation of former SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who led SYRIZA to power in 2015, Kaselakis stood as a parliamentary candidate in the general elections of May and June 2023, but failed to qualify for parliament.
Kaselakis, 35, who immigrated to the USA at the age of 14 as a full scholarship student due to his outstanding success in mathematics, studied finance and economics, worked at Goldman Sachs for a while and then founded his own company in the field of maritime transport.