Mitsotakis defends reformist credentials in Politico interview

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New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has vowed to push with necessary reforms, even if they are sometimes unpopular also within his own conservative party.

“I’m… considered a reformer within my own party. So I am changing my own party and this sometimes, I’ll be very honest with you, is causing friction,” Mitsotakis told political news website Politico.

Despite being the son of a former prime minister, Mitsotakis ran for the leadership of the conservative party in an open primary.

“My career is not the typical career of a professional politician,” Mitsotakis said.

“I was educated in the US and I spent 10 years working in the private sector before I entered politics,” he said.

Recent polls show that Mitsotakis’s New Democracy maintains a double-digit lead over ruling SYRIZA.