Meimarakis due to join race for ND lead­er­ship

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New Democ­racy leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis is ex­pected to con­firm to­day that he will run in the party’s lead­er­ship con­test but he has to over­come a dis­agree­ment with other can­di­dates over when the bal­lot should be held.

Meimarakis is ex­pected to col­lect the 50 sig­na­tures of po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee mem­bers re­quired with­out any prob­lems. The only other can­di­dates to reach this tar­get so far are for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form min­is­ter Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis and Cen­tral Mace­do­nia Gover­nor Apos­to­los Tz­itzikostas.

Ex-health min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis, who also an­nounced his in­ten­tion to run this week, is be­lieved to be strug­gling to garner the nec­es­sary sup­port within the party.

Even though Meimarakis had not an­nounced his can­di­dacy by yesterday, a dis­agree­ment was brew­ing be­tween his camp and those close to the two other can­di­dates. Meimarakis and his ad­vis­ers would like the bal­lot to take place as quickly as pos­si­ble. They are propos­ing Oc­to­ber 18 as the date for the vote.

Sources close to Mit­so­takis said that the ex-min­is­ter does not want the con­test to be a “beauty pageant” and would like the can­di­dates to have enough time to ex­plain their po­si­tions to New Democ­racy mem­bers. They sug­gested that the bal­lot should be held on Novem­ber 15. Tz­itzikostas also fa­vors a longer cam­paign.

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