ND over­hauls its me­dia team in sign of re­newal

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The main con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy yes­ter­day an­nounced an over­haul of its com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­part­ment, a re­vamp be­lieved to have been on the cards for some time and aimed at sig­nal­ing re­newal within the party.

MEP Maria Spyraki was given the post of ND’s press spokesper­son, re­plac­ing MP Vas­silis Kik­il­ias, who as­sumes the role of shadow de­fense min­is­ter, un­til now held by another prom­i­nent ND law­maker, Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis.

ND also an­nounced that Kathimerini jour­nal­ist Con­stanti­nos Zoulas will be di­rec­tor of the party’s press of­fice. Zoulas re­places Makar­ios Lazaridis, who is to as­sume the role of ad­viser to the party as re­gards poli­cies for Mace­do­nia and Thrace, in north­ern Greece, where he is ex­pected to run as a can­di­date in gen­eral elec­tions sched­uled for 2019.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the over­haul had been ex­pected at some point this month, al­though some ad­vis­ers to ND leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis had sug­gested that he put it off un­til Jan­uary, af­ter the party’s con­fer­ence, which is sched­uled to take place on De­cem­ber 16 and 17.

It ap­pears that Mit­so­takis was keen to bol­ster his com­mu­ni­ca­tions team in the count­down to the party con­fer­ence with the aim of em­pha­siz­ing the party’s pos­i­tive mes­sage of re­newal.

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