Meimarakis will join race for ND lead­er­ship

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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.

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