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Gennimata elected leader of the center-left party to be created

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PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata is the winner in the runoff for the election of the head of the new center-left party, defeating rival Nikos Androulakis by a clear margin on Sunday, with officials expressing their satisfaction with the turnout once again.

Gennimata garnered 56.66 percent of the 156,000 votes cast, against former PASOK secretary Androulakis's 43.34 percent.

Election organizing committee head Nikos Alivizatos reported a 26 percent abstention rate on the 210,500 voters who turned out last Sunday for the first round of the election. He also said Gennimata led in all regions of Greece except for Crete.

“I wish to thank from the bottom of my heart the thousands of progressive citizens who for a second time had a resounding presence at the process. They have therefore given a huge push to the new, single entity, toward a big winning party now. I am fully aware of the clear mandate the citizens have given us. From tomorrow we will all work together to meet their expectations,” stated Gennimata after being confirmed as the winner.

Late on Sunday New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis congratulated Gennimata on her victory.

Gennimata has said she is planning to call a founding conference for the new party in 2018.

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