New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has unveiled a set of proposed changes to the charter of his conservative party which are aimed at strengthening transparency and streamlining the structure of Greece's main opposition.
The proposals will be put to vote at the conservative congress on Saturday.
The reforms include limiting the party leader's maximum tenure to five years (unless he or she is also prime minister, or the party is part of a ruling coalition); banning party officials from holding public office; establishing an annual conference that will bring together 1,000 elected and 1,000 ex officio delegates.
Other measures are designed to boost meritocracy and financial transparency, including an evaluation system for ND MPs and a ban on obtaining bank loans to finance election campaigns or operational needs.
On Monday Mitsotakis pledged to overhaul the conservative party’s youth wing (ONNED) following upheaval at the ONNED congress over the weekend. Andreas Papamimikos was forced to quit as party secretary while Vassilis Georgiadis was ejected from the party less than two months after his appointment as ONNED chief.
A recent opinion poll put ND 5.5 percentage points ahead of ruling SYRIZA.