Greek Voters Oust Leftists, Elect Conservative Government
“Greeks deserve better, and the time has come for us to prove it.” With those words, conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who becomes prime minister today, announced the end of a tumultuous chapter in Greek history. His New Democracy party won nearly 40 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, trouncing the ruling leftist Syriza party and Alexis Tsipras, who led Greece through painful financial troubles.
What else did voters do? Bucking the far-right trend seen elsewhere in Europe, they denied Golden Dawn — founded by neo-Nazi supporters and once the third-strongest party — any seats in Parliament.
Read OZY’s look at how Greek oligarchs are gaining power through soccer.