Avramopoulos shouted in as KEP party leader

Some 3,500 supporters confirmed Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos as leader of the centrist party he launched in March, during the Movement of Free Citizens (KEP) founding congress in Thessaloniki on Saturday. The 48-year-old former diplomat was selected by acclamation. No one else stood as candidate, and there was no voting procedure. In his address, Avramopoulos described the launching of KEP as a noble adventure, and confirmed that he regarded no other party in Greece as his opponent. We do not define ourselves as anyone’s opponent, he said. If any (party) feels threatened by us, that is because it makes use of Democracy instead of promoting it. Having started with popularity ratings of nearly 11 percent, KEP registered 5.6 percent in the latest poll published two weeks ago.

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