Athens, October 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
In full swing is the intraparty battle in center-right main opposition party New Democracy with the first point of dispute being the date the presidential election will take place.
The dates candidates want range from October 18 to November 15, with all options remaining open. The battle of the candidates for the time of the election is considered especially critical, as the time they will have available for the election campaign will determine a lot.
Evangelos Meimarakis argues that no more time should be wasted as this will give the opportunity to SYRIZA to “act without an opponent”, while at the same time ND will “sink” in introversion. The other candidates disagree however, claiming that Meimarakis is trying to “take them by surprise” and avoid internal dialogue.
Therefore, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Apostle Tzitzikostas and Adonis Georgiadis want the polls be set up on November 15, in order to have enough time for discussion and development of the candidates’ positions.
So far, current president of New Democracy Vangelis Meimarakis seems to have a slight advantage. His strong points are his experience as an MP for over 30 years, has passed from the youth of the party and has strong footholds in the base of the New Democracy. On the positives count his term of office as President of the House, while as the leader led New Democracy quite well and managed to increase the party’s rates in the last election. In the negative is that he belongs to the old political system, which acts as a deterrent to young voters.
Apostolos Tzitzikostas follows the president of ND. Despite being a scion of a family of politicians, as his father served as minister, he is a fresh face, politically “clean”, but also successful in the field of local government. His negative elements beyond nepotism, the inexperience in parliamentary works, since he has no special parliamentary experience, while he has no popular support.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis seems is far away from the leadership of New Democracy. Son of former Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis and brother of former Minister Dora Bakoyannis, he has served in several ministries and has a long term in the parliamentary group of New Democracy. His experience is given. In his negative is that he is a continuation of a family that has ruled the place, has been involved in several scandals and are not among the most popular faces in Greek society. He is not supported by the base of the party, but has strong ties with the ruling class.
Adonis Georgiadis, belongs to the group of Antonis Samaras. Obviously he will work as a strategic bulwark for one of the candidates, to create a transaction for members in the environment of Antonis Samaras. He has divided public opinion and belongs to the extreme right-wing New Democracy, with populist speech and practices. He is quarrelsome and this may attract some of the voters of the party who cling to this approach.