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New Democracy posts another convincing victory in second round of municipal, regional government elections

Eleven out of 13 regional government entities in Greece on Sunday (02.06.2019) have been won by candidates backed or affiliated with main opposition New Democracy (ND) party, painting the "political map" blue on Sunday evening, after precincts closed and the first results were announced.

Hard left SYRIZA is judged to have only picked up Crete, which in the first round when to a candidate emanating from once formidable PASOK party, whose stronghold is the large island.

SYRIZA also foundered in muncipal elections, with ND's candidate outpacing the ruling party's candidate by a 2-to-1 ratio. The same was true for the Attica (greater Athens area) regional government entity.

The voter turnout in Sunday's second round reached only 40 percent of eligible voters.

New Democracy-backed Costas Bakoyannis handily defeated ruling SYRIZA party's candidate, Nasos Iliopoulos, in the Athens mayoral race during the second round of local government elections across the country on Sunday, polling 65.2 percent to the latter's 34.75 percent, and with nearly 99 percent of the vote counted.

Bakoyannis, the son of former ND minister Dora Bakoyannis and nephew of ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, moved from the Sterea Ellada (south-central Greece) governor's seat to the Athens town hall. Voter turnout failed to reach 34 percent.

In the Attica regional government race, another ND-backed candidate, Giorgos Patoulis, easily defeated incumbent Rena Dourou, a high-profile SYRIZA cadre. Patoulis, the outgoing mayor of Maroussi, in northern Athens, garnered 65.78 percent of the vote to Dourou's 34.22 percent.

An upset was reported in northern Thessaloniki, where Konstantinos Zervas handily defeated Nikos Tahiaos in the second round, 66.76 percent to 33.24 percent, overturning the results of the first round.

Meanwhile, in the port city of Piraeus, also in the greater Athens area, Yannis Moralis was re-elected with 57.84 percent of the vote in the second round. Morallis was backed by the Kinima/PASOK formation, but also enjoyed support from some local ND office-holders.

Finally, the Communist Party-backed incumbent in the western port city of Patras, Costas Peletidis, won the second round in a landslide on Sunday, with 70.42 percent of the vote, one of only a handful of first-place showing for the party in the country.

 

Source: https://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1483127/new-democracy-posts-another-convincing-victory-in-second-round-of-municipal-regional-govt-elex

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