Greece: Sakellaropoulou appoints caretaker PM ahead of June repeat election

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has appointed senior judicial official Ioannis Sarmas as the caretaker prime minister to form a government that will lead the country to a repeat election on June 25 after last weekend’s inconclusive vote. Sarmas is president of the Hellenic Court of Audit, one of the country’s three senior courts. … On Sunday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s conservative New Democracy party secured a 20-point lead over the opposition Syriza, led by left-wing politician Alexis Tsipras. Despite his success over the weekend, with New Democracy securing 40 percent of the vote, the party still fell short of an outright majority, winning 146 seats out of 300. Mitsotakis hopes a second vote, which will give the leading party bonus seats, will see his conservatives rule alone.” (05/24/23)