Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the Greek conservative party Nea Dimokratia, says he wants to "liberate" Greece from left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. He tells DW how he intends to accomplish this.
If Greece were to hold elections tomorrow, the pro-European conservatives Nea Dimokratia (New Democracy, ND) would clearly win. According to polls, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who has headed his party since January, has gained popularity. Many believe he would be a better prime minister than Alexis Tsipras.
The pro-European and neoliberal Mitsotakis, a scion of a Greek political dynasty, holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford. He has worked in politics and investment banking. His father, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, is a former Greek prime minister and his older sister, Dora Bakoyannis, former mayor of Athens, also served as Greek foreign minister and culture minister.
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The conservative New Democracy party has voted in no-nonsense reformer Kyriakos Mitsotakis as its new leader. The Harvard-educated economist is expected to challenge
charismatic Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Greece
The party announced Mitsotakis' victory after 70 percent of the nationwide vote was counted, with the new leader claiming 51 percent of the vote to former parliament chief Vangelis Meimarakis' 49 percent.
New Democracy voters choose former administrative reforms minister over rival Vagelis Meimarakis
By STELIOS BOURAS
Updated Jan. 10, 2016 6:44 p.m. ET
ATHENS—Greece’s main opposition party, center-right New Democracy, elected Kyriakos Mitsotakis as its new leader, a party spokesman said, making the 47-year-old former minister the main challenger to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Mr. Mitsotakis, the American-educated scion of one of Greece’s most prominent political dynasties, is an advocate of market-oriented economic overhauls, including slimming down Greece’s often-inefficient state. His surprise victory in Sunday’s party leadership ballot provides a boost to the cause of economic reforms of the kind demanded by Greece’s creditors, whose bailout loans have been keeping Greece from bankruptcy since 2010.