Mitsotakis may win Greek election in landslide victory
The Greek premier called for a second round after garnering an absolute parliamentary majority last month.
Conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is on track to win Greece's national elections with a commanding majority on Sunday, according to preliminary results, securing a second straight term.
Polling stations opened for the second round at 7:00 am local time.
Mitsotakis' New Democracy party received more than 40% of the vote, far ahead of the socialist Syriza party led by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, which received less than 18%, according to figures from 35% of the ballots.
The conservatives' advantage would be the biggest in over 50 years, as voters thanked them for bringing Greece back to economic health following a severe financial crisis.
Mitsotakis had won the previous election, leaving former prime minister Alexis Tsipras in the dust, more than 20% behind, despite massive popular demonstrations taking place against the Greek official due to his economic policies and pro-Western tendencies.
Conservatives received their highest performance since 2007, with voters praising the party for restoring economic stability to a country that was previously seen as an EU laggard.
The Greek premier called for a second round so as to be able to garner an absolute parliamentary majority after falling five seats short, seeking to form a single-party government.
Mitsotakis, who comes from one of Greece's most powerful political dynasties, said the country was "voting for a second time in a few weeks to get a stable and effective government" when he voted earlier on Sunday.
His rule had been marred by a wiretapping scandal, as well as a February train catastrophe that killed 57 people.
The government first blamed the catastrophe, Greece's worst-ever train disaster, on human error, despite the fact that the country's infamously weak rail network had been underinvested for years.
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