Main opposition New Democracy maintained a double-digit lead over ruling SYRIZA in the latest opinion poll by Marc which was published by Proto Thema weekly over the weekend.
The Kyriacos Mitsotakis – led conservatives stood at 31.2 percent, with SYRIZA on 18.1 percent. In third place, Golden Dawn recorded 5.8 percent, followed by the Movement for Change on 5.6 percent and the Communist Party on 4.7 percent. All other parties – including the Independent Greeks, To Potami and the Union of Centrists – dropped below the 3 percent threshold for entry to parliament.
Ahead of May’s local election, New Democracy is also in the lead in the municipality of Athens, where Costas Bakoyannis is on course to win and become mayor of the capital city.
The opinion poll comes amid increased speculation that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may call an early election in May, to avoid falling further behind New Democracy. Officially, however, the government says it intends to see out its four-year term.
Meanwhile, last week Alexis Tsipras reshuffled his cabinet. Following the ratification of the Prespes Agreement and the fact that some cabinet members will run in May’s local elections, the PM tweaked his cabinet.
Notably, Giorgos Katrougalos was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, succeeding Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who held the portfolio until the ratification of the Prespes Agreement. Sia Anagnostopoulou was appointed Alternate Foreign Minister, responsible for EU Affairs.
Eleftheria Hatzigeorgiou was appointed deputy minister for Macedonia & Thrace, succeeding Katerina Notopoulou who will run for the municipality of Thessaloniki.
Replacing Nasos Iliopoulos – who will run for the municipality of Athens – Costas Barkas was appointed deputy minister for Labor, while Thanos Moraitis takes the deputy minister position at the Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure. Angelos Tolkas was appointed deputy minister for Immigration Policy.
Both Tolkas and Moraitis were former members of the Movement for Change and had served in previous PASOK governments./ΙΒΝΑ