OPINION

Renewal is the main task

The election of Antonis Samaras as the new leader of the New Democracy party comes at an important and difficult juncture, both for the center-right party and for the country as a whole. ND is facing what can only be described as an identity crisis and is in desperate need of renewal, both in terms of the faces that comprise it and the ideas that define it, before it can even begin to embark on the task of drawing up a political strategy and going ahead with the task of proving that it is in a position to lead the country once again. The hope right now, among those who voted in New Democracy’s elections and among the general public, is that Samaras will prove to be a worthy opposition leader who will also be able to work with the government and reach consensus on a range of major issues of national interest. What is certain is that his mandate is solid and ND members want him to fight to reinstate the party’s credibility as a major political force and, independent of political leanings, we should all wish him the best of luck at the task at hand.