Opposition Leader Wants Votes for Greeks Abroad



New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece’s main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called on the SYRIZA-led government to legislate for the Greek diaspora to vote in general elections.

In an interview to Sunday’s edition of the To Vima newspaper, the leader of conservative New Democracy party says that his proposal would allow those who are already registered in any of Greece’s electoral districts to vote for candidates on a single state-wide ticket.

The voting would take place at Greek embassies and consulates.

Mitsotakis called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to support the proposal so that it can be passed with a two-thirds parliamentary majority (200 MPs), and so that it can be enforced in the next general election.

“If he dares, let him come to parliament so that we can pass it together,” Mitsotakis said.

The proposal would allow the 500,000 Greeks who left the country during the crisis and thousands of others to have a say in the country’s future, and diaspora Greeks could possibly be candidates on the state-wide ticket.