The map is blue, but NDP cannot rule alone

Mon, 22 May 2023 10:09 GMT
The New Democracy Party achieved great success throughout the country, winning first place in all provinces except Rhodope.
The map is blue, but NDP cannot rule alone

The New Democracy Party achieved great success throughout the country, winning first place in all provinces except Rhodope. ΝDP outscored SYRIZA, which is in second place, by about 20 points, with 40.78 percent of the votes it received across the country. In third place, PASOK was third with 11.55 percent, KKE was fourth with 7.2 percent and the Greek Solution Party was fifth with 4.46 percent.

In the 300-seat Greek parliament, ΝDP 145, SYRIZA 72, PASOK-KINAL 41, KKE 26 and Greek Solution Party 16 seats.

The total rate of votes received by other parties was 15.95 percent.

Since no party can obtain the 151 deputies required for a party to be in power alone, a coalition government is envisaged. If a coalition government cannot be formed, voters will go to the polls again within 60 days.

Despite the big difference, YDP cannot form a government

5 million 726 thousand 178 people out of 9 million 438 thousand 120 registered voters voted. The rate of those who went to the polls across the country was recorded as 60.68 percent.

Although ΝDP is ahead with 40.78 percent in 99 percent of the ballot boxes opened, they cannot form a government. Since these elections were held with the proportional election system, the ΝDP could not reach the 46 percent rate required to form a government on its own.

The winner of the elections, Prime Minister Mitsotakis, in his brief assessment of the election results, implied that the efforts to form a coalition stipulated by the constitution would be carried out, but that the result of his party would hold elections again at the end of June or at the beginning of July in order to come to power alone.

Big disappointment from SYRIZA

While SYRIZA, under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, remained at 20 percent, creating a great disappointment among party supporters, PASOK increased its votes and maintained its position as the third largest party with 12.5 percent.

According to the announced vote rates, the result is that ΝDP can form a coalition government with PASOK. However, before the election, PASOK leader Andrulakis declared that he absolutely did not accept the presence of Prime Minister Mitsotakis in a possible coalition government.

How will the process work from now on?

After these election results, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou will give the task of "forming a government" for three days, one by one, to Mitsotakis, who finished first in these elections, and then to the party heads, one by one, according to the ranking of the votes they received.

All the predictions made are that there will be no results during these appointments - unless there is a big surprise - and that the elections will be held 60 days later, in the end of June or in the beginning of July, as stipulated by the constitution.

Since the elections, which are likely to be held after 60 days, will be held according to the old election law, 40 to 50 seats "bonus" deputies are foreseen for the party that will come first. According to this system, if the YDP can retain its 145 seats, it will come to power alone with the "bonus" deputies it will get.

High judges and technocrats will form the interim government until the elections are held again.

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