Mit­so­takis expects at least 300,000 votes in ND bal­lot

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New Democ­racy lead­er­ship can­di­date Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis expects at least 300,000 peo­ple to vote in the con­ser­va­tive party’s bal­lot for pres­i­dent on Novem­ber 22. “Any­thing less will be a fail­ure for New Democ­racy,” he told Skai TV. In New Democ­racy’s last lead­er­ship bal­lot, in 2009, more than 780,000 bal­lots were cast. The former ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form min­is­ter also said that he had been dis­ap­pointed by the fail­ure of the four can­di­dates to hold a de­bate ahead of the vote. “I am not very sat­is­fied with the fact that we have not yet man­aged to agree on an ac­cept­able struc­ture for a pub­lic de­bate,” said Mit­so­takis, who sug­gested that cur­rent New Democ­racy leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis is the only one of the four hope­fuls now stand­ing in the way of the de­bate. “The fact that Mr Meimarakis is the party pres­i­dent does not mean he’s not also a can­di­date for the pres­i­dency,” said the MP. “We have not heard what Mr Meimarakis’s po­si­tions are as a can­di­date. Even though I re­main the party’s par­lia­men­tary spokesman, I am ac­tively in­volved in the pub­lic dis­cus­sion about New Democ­racy’s fu­ture.”

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