Athens, October 20, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The first polls and trends have surfaced in the blue camp, with the election campaign of the four candidates for the presidency of the right-wing party New Democracy (ND) focusing on their positions and proposals, regarding the dynamic they wish to give to the main opposition party should they be elected.
Regarding who is more likely to lead ND, the caretaker president, Vangelis Meimarakis, seems to have a clear lead over the other three contenders for the leadership. A lead which is reflected both when taking into account the total number of respondents and among the voters of the party.
Specifically, and according to the poll conducted by “Prorata”, on behalf of the “Newspaper of Journalists”, Meimarakis gather a rate of 49%, followed by the Prefect of Central Macedonia, Apostle Tzitzikostas with 32%, the MP and former Minister of Administrative Reform, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with 15% and finally by the MP and former Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis, with 4%. A similar picture of the superiority of the interim leader of the main opposition party is recorded when the question focuses on “blue” voters. Here, Vangelis Meimarakis gathers 55%, followed the Apostle Tzitzikostas with 25%, Kyriakos Mitsotakis with 16% and Adonis Georgiadis with 4%.
Regarding the criteria that will determine the choice of presidential candidate, the respondents answered that first of all comes the implementation of reforms at a rate of 32%, followed by the unity of the party with 30%, the renewal of the party with 29%, while only 9% sets as a criterion the win of the next president of New Democracy against the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, in the next elections.
As of the intended course of action of the four president candidates, Vangelis Meimarakis is preparing the next moves on the chessboard of tours and contacts, keeping at the same time high tones of criticism against Tsipras and the coalition of SYRIZA-ANEL, as reflected in this interventions in plenary and during the two-day debate of the multi-bill. “I hear government officials speaking of new extraordinary contributions to employees, professionals, shopkeepers, small and medium sized entrepreneurs. Obviously, these are the tails they were hiding before the elections and are confessing now. One thing is certain: If they go ahead with these plans, the result will be disastrous, both for the real economy, and for the whole of society” Meimarakis said in his speech on the occasion of the scenarios for extraordinary contribution to professionals and SMBs.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, for his part, having already gone public with his first election spot on, stated in an interview to Mega television, that the New Democracy party is not seeking the “anti-Tsipras”, but rather his opposite. “The New Democracy does not need a communication wrapper. It needs to respond to populism with the language of reason and to the statism of Tsipras Alexis with the support of private economy”, Mitsotakis said. “The New Democracy is a tired party, with a structure reminiscent of other times, which doesn’t make use of new technologies, which doesn’t speaks to the youth and doesn’t speak as much as it should to the productive classes”, the presidential candidate of the party stressed.
His tour of the prefectures of Macedonia continues the MP and former Minister Adonis Georgiadis, having a common front with Kyriakos Mitsotakis on carrying out at least one television debate among the four contenders for the leadership, so that everyone can make public their vision for the next day in Syggrou. “I Claim a New Democracy that will be alive and not sluggish. Which will not wait for people to come to it to tell their problems, but one that would hurry first to the problems. One which will give the opportunity to the thousands of its members, who currently live in anonymity, to come forward, to open the doors to break the yearbook, to stop seeing the same and the same to all partisan positions and to all opportunities for someone to become known to the Greek people. We need to show young people that if you come to ND you will have a future, they will have a say, they will have a role. As long as we have a yearbook, this can never change”, was the message Georgiadis sent during his tour.
There are only a few hours left from the first election speech of Apostle Tzitzikosta in Athens, which will take place in Gazi and during which of the prefect of Central Macedonia is expected to develop his views and ideas about the political position and the strategies of the blue faction, which will transform it into a modern center-right party.
Meanwhile, many heads were turned with the placement of ND MP and former minister, Nikos Dendias, who said the main opposition party places the cart before the horse, as it should have done first would be to hold a party congress. “My position to go to a congress has been voiced since January, when I was demonised at the time for my view by Mr. Samaras. You understand that I can’t stop support it; I always I believe that ND should go to a congress for the election of its leader, rather than a showcase congress. When I say congress I mean a whole series of procedures, with working groups, with discussions of proposals, with self-criticism, that is, something which takes place over a period of time and has much work. I’m not talking about a conference which will gather 2-3 thousand people in a hall, will get the leader or candidate leader or candidates leaders to say a few words, we will applaud and then leave… We have limited ourselves to rapid form procedures of a simple leader election. I do not think this is right”, Dendias said, speaking to the radio station “Parapolitika”.