Meimarakis will join race for ND leadership
New Democracy’s interim leader Evangelos Meimarakis said yesterday that he would contest the conservative party’s leadership as rumors swirled that another prominent conservative, European Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, would join the race.
Noting that he has been with the party since its foundation, Meimarakis said he had stuck by ND “during the ups and downs.” “I know where ND is lacking and how this can be corrected,” he said. “And I will correct it, I will change it,” he said. “I am not calling you to demolish [the party]. I am calling on you to see a new democratic beginning,” he said, playing on the party’s name.
Meimarakis joins three challengers who have already declared their intentions to join the race later this year: former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas and former health minister Adonis Georgiadis. Georgiadis is still in the process of collecting the minimum of 50 signatures from members of the party’s political committee.
The deadline for applications to join the race is 6 p.m. today. Rumors intensified yesterday that Avramopoulos might declare his candidacy after sources close to the commissioner said he was to meet with party officials.