Updated July 7, 2019

Freedom House Rating: Free – Government Type: Parliamentary Republic

Overview
Greeks have spent the last decade in an economic crisis, and a migrant crisis brews as well. After Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing populist Syriza suffered heavy losses during the European Parliament and local elections in May, Tsipras called a snap election. Elections were originally scheduled for October of this year.

The center-right New Democracy, headed by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, won the most votes in the European elections and won key mayoral contests, and is projected to win the parliamentary polls.

Syriza’s coalition partner, the far-right Independent Greeks (Anel), announced that they would not run candidates after winning less than one percent in the European elections.

At Stake
All 300 seats in the unicameral Voulí ton Ellínon (Hellenic Parliament)

 

 

The Hellenic Parliament. Photo credit: Flickr/Tilemahos Efthimiadis

 

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