ATHENS — Greece will hold legislative elections in the spring, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, adding “from April” before the end of the Conservative government’s term in July.
The next Greek elections will be held under a proportional representation system, which makes it almost impossible for any candidate to win outright; and a second ballot is taken for granted, indicating a long period of political uncertainty.
Mitsotakis said he has not decided whether the elections will be held in April or May. “From April, elections can take place at any time,” he told local newspaper Proto Thema in an interview published on Sunday.
Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for June 18, but the Ankara government plans to hold them earlier. “Since this date coincides with the summer vacation season when people travel, we are considering bringing the date forward slightly,” ruling AK party spokesman Omer Celik said earlier this month. this. The possible dates for early elections circulating in the Turkish press are April 30, May 7 and May 14.
Ankara has stepped up its rhetoric against Greece in recent months, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan even warning in December that a missile could hit the Greek capital unless “you stay calm”. Heightened pre-election tensions are possible in the region as the two elections more or less coincide.
On Saturday during a tour of the northern region of Evros, near the land border with Turkey, the Greek Prime Minister said that “elections will take place in the spring, essentially at a time when we will have practically exhausted our mandate of four years”. He added that he would stand as a candidate in Evros for symbolic reasons.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is likely to visit Greece, Turkey and Israel late next month, ahead of elections in the region, according to Greek media.