Exit Polls Suggest Exit of Leftist Syriza in Greece General Election

  • Greeks have voted on Sunday after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a snap election (3 months before the end of his term). Reports say Tsipras called for the snap election after his left-wing Syriza suffered a 9.5 percentage point defeat in the European Parliament elections in May 2019. In the first general election after the international bailout, the first exit poll predicted a crushing defeat for the Tsipras-led Syriza. While Kyriakos Mitsotakis-led center-right New Democracy party is expected to receive 38-42% of the popular votes, Syriza will get just 26-30% of the votes. After casting his vote, Alexis Tsipras said that his party is “fighting it with optimism and determination...so that the sacrifices and hard work of our people do not go to waste”. Mitsotakis has promised lower taxes, more investment in the country by negotiating a better deal with Greece’s creditors, more privatization of public services, etc.