ND to set­tle de­tails of lead­er­ship de­bates, vote

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New Democ­racy’s elec­toral com­mit­tee is due to con­vene for the sec­ond time this week to­day in an at­tempt to de­cide the date of the party’s lead­er­ship con­test, as well as the process that will be fol­lowed and how much it will cost to hold the bal­lot.

The panel is due to meet at 5 p.m., when it will also con­sider a pro­posal for the four can­di­dates – cur­rent leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis, ex-min­is­ters Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis and Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis, and Cen­tral Mace­do­nia Gover­nor Apos­to­los Tz­itzikostas – to hold one or more tele­vised de­bates. Public broad­caster ERT of­fered yesterday to host the dis­cus­sions.

“All the can­di­dates have to state their po­si­tions so that we can have a de­bate about how we view New Democ­racy,” Mit­so­takis told Skai Ra­dio yesterday.

Ge­or­giadis, mean­while, crit­i­cized Tz­itzikostas for keep­ing a low pro­file so far. “His views have to be made public,” said the for­mer health min­is­ter. “I am not aware of what he stands for. A leader can­not win while hid­ing, he has to be vis­i­ble.”

The elec­toral com­mit­tee is ex­pected to de­cide to­day how many de­bates will be held and what rules will ap­ply. In the mean­time, the can­di­dates will be­gin their public ap­pear­ances.

Tz­i­tizikostas is due to speak in Pa­tra to­mor­row, while Mit­so­takis is due to visit Cyprus. Ge­or­giadis will be­gin his cam­paign with a visit to the gold mine at Sk­ouries in Halkidiki.

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