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Greece to hold national election on May 21 – PM

Greece will hold a parliamentary election on May 21, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday.

The conservative government’s four-year term expires in July.

“The country and its citizens need clear horizons… the national elections will be held at the end of the four-year term, as I had committed from the start,” Mitsotakis told a televised cabinet meeting.

While opinion polls show Mitsotakis’s New Democracy party in the lead over the main opposition, the leftist Syriza party, the gap has narrowed following a rail disaster on Feb. 28 that killed 57 people, stirring public anger.

The May 21 poll will take place under a newly-introduced system of proportional representation. That system makes it difficult for a party to gain a clear majority, setting the stage for a second, run-off round that will take place “at the latest by early July”, the premier said.
Source: Reuters (Reporting By Renee Maltezou and Karolina Tagaris; Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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