As Greeks go to the polls for the third time this year, follow the day's developments via our live blog. Will SYRIZA return to power after its election win in January or will New Democracy cause an upset? We will follow events and keep you updated.
After scoring a significant lead in last month’s European Parliament elections against ruling SYRIZA, opposition New Democracy is relying on two key factors that will determine whether or not it will win by an outright majority: turnout and the fate of three parties that will be battling to reach the 3 percent threshold needed to make it into the 300-seat Parliament.
Nearly 600,000 newly registered voters have the right to cast a ballot in the July 7 general elections in Greece, though the Interior Ministry is concerned about turnout due to the timing of the polls in the middle of the summer holidays.
New Democracy was given an 8-point lead over ruling SYRIZA in a new public opinion poll conducted by Pulse for Skai TV and published on Thursday, with 35 percent of respondents saying they intend to vote for the center-right opposition against 27 percent supporting the incumbent leftists.
Three weeks before a snap election in which it is expected to prevail, center-right New Democracy yesterday unveiled a list of candidates that is strong on new faces with six in 10 newcomers to Greek politics.
Greece's Golden Dawn sustained significant losses in the two recent election races in Greece. In its former stronghold of Laconia in the Peloponnese, the neo-Nazi party lost more than 50 percent of the support it had in the 2014 European Parliament elections in last month’s contest.
It used to be possible to predict the outcome of an election with some certainty. The key lay in guessing which way the middle-ground voters would swing; those who had voted for PASOK’s Costas Simitis and then New Democracy’s Costas Karamanlis, those who had voted for Karamanlis and then George Papandreou, and thought of themselves as “homeless” centrists.
Nikos Tahiaos, the failed mayoral candidate in Thessaloniki in the local elections of May 26-June 2, will be a Parliamentary candidate for New Democracy in the multi-seat Thessaloniki A constituency in the July 7 election.
Greece's two main parties continued to disagree on Friday about whether to hold a televised debate with the two main contenders, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, or one with all political leaders – minus neo-Nazi Golden Dawn.