SYRIZA loses control of Kaisariani to Communist Party

There was a change of mayor in the eastern Athens suburb of Kaisariani on Sunday after fresh elections were held following an appeal against the original result in May’s local elections.

Communist Party-backed Ilias Stamelos took control of the municipality from Giorgos Kontostavlos, who was supported by SYRIZA. Stamelos won the election by 205 votes but the turnout was only 33 percent.

Repeat elections were also held in two other municipalities – Troizinoia-Methanon and Mandra-Eidyllia – after May’s results were challenged. There was no change of mayors in those municipalities.