Greek elections set for September 20

Greek elections to be held on Sept. 20 after appointment of new caretaker PM Vassiliki Thanou

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Greece is heading to the polls next month after new caretaker Prime Minister Vassilikou Thanou took over after former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ resignation.

Sept. 20 is the confirmed date of the upcoming elections. The Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulous has already signed a decree absolving the parliament to form a new government, Reuters reported.

"The decree ordering parliament to dissolve has been signed. Elections will be held on Sept. 20," an official told Reuters.

According to a ProRata poll, 23 percent will support Alexis Tsipras’ party, Syriza over 19.5 percent that will support the New Democracy party.

"The Greek people will give a strong mandate for the present and the future. Greece cannot turn back and will not turn back. It will only go forward," Tsipras said in sight of the elections.

According to Reuters, Syriza says it is likely to win the upcoming elections even though Tsipras made a U-turn and accepted the reforms. However, with many lawmakers against him, he would be called to cooperate with other parties to form his government.

Tsipras said that he will not collide with the New Democracy and Pasok political parties if such a win would occur. The Potami party is also not a choice for Tsipras, as he says they have many differences.

"Our differences are very significant," Tsipras said. "I believe all these three parties express the old party system. Certainly, I will not be the prime minister."

New government takes over

After Vassiliki Thanou, Greece’s top Supreme Court judge, was appointed as a provisional prime minister on Thursday due to negotiations to form coalition government failed, the new government was formed.

Former socialist Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis was appointed as Economy Minister. His old post was filled by the main negotiator with Greece’s creditors George Chouliarakis.

Petros Molyviatis will take over the Foreign Ministry and singer Alkistis Protopsalti will be the Junior Minister for Tourism. Marina Lambaki-Plaka, meanwhile, will be the Junior Minister of Culture.

TRTWorld and agencies