Mitsotakis defends reformist credentials in Politico interview


New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has vowed to push with necessary reforms, even if they are sometimes unpopular also within his own conservative party.

“I’m… considered a reformer within my own party. So I am changing my own party and this sometimes, I’ll be very honest with you, is causing friction,” Mitsotakis told political news website Politico.

Despite being the son of a former prime minister, Mitsotakis ran for the leadership of the conservative party in an open primary.

“My career is not the typical career of a professional politician,” Mitsotakis said.

“I was educated in the US and I spent 10 years working in the private sector before I entered politics,” he said.

Recent polls show that Mitsotakis’s New Democracy maintains a double-digit lead over ruling SYRIZA.