Four to run in ND race as Ge­or­giadis bid ac­cepted

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For­mer health min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis joined the race for the lead­er­ship of New Democ­racy over the week­end af­ter the party’s elec­toral com­mis­sion de­cided to ac­cept his bid to be a can­di­date de­spite the fact that he sub­mit­ted it af­ter the dead­line.

The com­mit­tee had re­jected Ge­or­giadis’s bid to join the con­test on Fri­day, af­ter the ex-min­is­ter sub­mit­ted it a few min­utes af­ter the 6 p.m. dead­line. The de­ci­sion prompted protests, not least from the other can­di­dates in the race, who said it was un­fair Ge­or­giadis should be ex­cluded af­ter hav­ing gath­ered the min­i­mum 50 sig­na­tures of sup­port from the party’s po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee. Fi­nally, on Satur­day, the com­mit­tee de­cided to ac­cept Ge­or­giadis’s bid af­ter all. He joins three chal­lengers: for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form min­is­ter Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis, Cen­tral Mace­do­nia Gover­nor Apos­to­los Tz­itzikostas and in­terim party leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis.

As the lead­er­ship con­test looms, Meimarakis told MPs over the week­end that they must avoid “naval gaz­ing” and fo­cus on “sup­port­ing so­ci­ety.” In a ref­er­ence to up­com­ing votes on aus­ter­ity mea­sures, Meimarakis said ND’s sup­port should not be taken for granted. ND will clash “with ev­ery pol­icy that hits farm­ers and small busi­nesses, that im­poses the av­er­age and pro­tects all the ills of old-style party pol­i­tics,” he said.

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