OPINION

Political change

The Greek people have given a clear mandate to New Democracy to govern this country over the next four years and to bring about the democratic political changes that the public have been demanding and that it has promised. Such a change implies a full restoration of the rule of law. The State is not partisan; it serves all citizens, and the government should respect the law and exercise power according to the law and not its interests. Furthermore, governments should shape legislation that applies to all citizens and not serve just a select few. Elected on the basis of its promise of such a change, ND has received a mandate to govern on behalf of all Greek citizens, without distinguishing its supporters from its rivals. And indeed, all citizens need to know that they have the same rights as everyone else. They know that the problems of every day – which served to shift the political allegiance of many – are not going to be solved overnight. But they need to feel that, within the context of their daily difficulties, their political leaders view them with concern and respect, and that they do more than remember them every four years. Finally, democratic change means a shift in the style of governance. Our new government faces the challenge of avoiding governmental arrogance – which has created so many problems over the years – and ensuring that it maintains dialogue, not only with its political rivals but with society.