Gen­ni­mata heads to Sun­day runoff as the hot fa­vorite

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Demo­cratic Align­ment (PASOK) chief Fofi Gen­ni­mata heads into the runoff elec­tion against Nikos An­droulakis for the lead­er­ship of the new cen­ter-left party as the fa­vorite af­ter her em­phatic vic­tory in Sun­day’s first round.

Gen­ni­mata won 42.76 per­cent of the vote, 17 points ahead of An­droulakis – a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and a former PASOK party sec­re­tary.

More­over, the voter turnout of 210,000 – far ex­ceed­ing the pro­jected turnout of 180,000 – has fu­eled op­ti­mism that there is a fu­ture for a new cen­ter-left party.

But with both politi­cians con­sid­ered to be far closer than the other can­di­dates to the largely dis­cred­ited PASOK party, there are con­cerns that pub­lic in­ter­est in Sun­day’s runoff could wane given the ab­sence of Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis, To Po­tami leader Stavros Theodor­akis and oth­ers.

And with this con­cern in mind, re­ports said yes­ter­day that An­droulakis was ad­vised by some to pull out of the runoff given that Gen­ni­mata had won by such a wide mar­gin on Sun­day. But An­droulakis re­port­edly re­jected the move, say­ing that Gen­ni­mata was well un­der the 50 per­cent thresh­old in the first round.

An­a­lysts say Gen­ni­mata – the daugh­ter of the late Gior­gos Gen­ni­matas, a prom­i­nent and pop­u­lar PASOK min­is­ter – will pur­sue a low-key cam­paign while An­droulakis is ex­pected to run on a plat­form tar­get­ing fam­ily dy­nas­ties in pol­i­tics.

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