Opposition Leader Mitsotakis Vows to Exclude Relatives from Next Administration

Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Dora Bakoyannis

The leader of New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said that he will exclude all his relatives from posts in the government he hopes to form after the next elections.

In an interview with Kathimerini on Sunday, Mitsotakis stressed the need to fight nepotism in the Greek political system, even at the expense of his sister Dora Bakoyannis, a former minister and prominent New Democracy lawmaker.

“I know this is hard and maybe unfair, especially for Dora who has much to offer and no one doubts her abilities. But it is imperative at this juncture, [to exclude all relatives] as part of the mission I have undertaken,” Mitsotakis said.

He also announced that in the context of the Constitutional Review, he will propose the decoupling of the election of the President of the Republic from early elections.

Thus, he explained, in case of impasse in Parliament, the election of the President will be made directly by the people, without the dissolution of the assembly.

Mitsotakis also vowed to change the electoral law of proportional representation voted by SYRIZA.

“Greece needs a modern electoral law guaranteeing fair representation and government stability,” he stressed.