Among the candidates are current MPs and MEPs such as Katerina Batzeli and Sylvana Rapti, high-profile PASOK members such as Nikos Androulakis who is the secretary of the party’s central political committee and Aphrodite Al-Saleh.
The official list of Olive Tree candidates also includes personalities outside PASOK, such as Deputy Culture Minister Pantelis Kapsis and Kyriakos Pierrakakis, a doctoral candidate at Oxford’s University.
The officials of the centre-left movement say that the 90 percent of its candidates are standing for the first time.
Nevertheless, there is some dissatisfaction amongst PASOK members that party executives aligned with former PM and party president Giorgos Papandreou are not participating in the campaign. Similarly, M. Karhimakis has also decided not to stand.