Greece will hold general elections next Mayas confirmed on Tuesday by the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakisduring his first interview since the train accident in which 57 people died, on 28 February, and which provoked a wave of protests against the Government.
“I can say with certainty that the elections will be held in May”said the president in a radio interview alpha tv.
Although the legislature ends in June, elections have long been expected to be held in May, Probably on the 21st.
“My goal is to win the elections again and I think we’re going to succeed”, said the head of the Nova Democracia party, which suffered a drop in voting intentions since the tragic accident.
The latest polls give Nova Democracia three points ahead of the leftist Sirizahalf of that before the accident.
The tragedy caused a wave of public outrage. with strikes and massive protests almost daily.
Protesters blame the Executive for the lack of security and control systems on the railway network.
The Conservative government accused Syriza of delaying improvements to the rail network when it was in power (2015-2019).
A parliamentary commission is investigating the reason for the so-called “contract 717”, signed in 2014 by the state railway company (OSE) to install a series of automated safety measures on the Athens-Thessaloniki section, where the accident occurred.
Last Friday, the Regulatory Authority for Railways (RAS) released a report in which it states that 73 station managers who were temporarily hired by the current government they received “poor preparation” from the OSE before taking up their positions.
Among them was the station manager, who admitted to the prosecution that he had put the passenger train on the same track as a freight train, which caused its head-on collision minutes after it left 57 victims.
Mitsotakis initially supported the thesis that the accident was due to human error and, for now, four railway employees have been indicted, including the station manager who put a passenger train and a freight train on the same line, which ended up colliding.
Faced with pressure on the street, Mitsotakis ended up apologizing and acknowledging the lack of safety systems in much of the rail network., such as the stretch where the accident occurred. In addition, he promised “absolute transparency” in the judicial investigation.
However, the prime minister said on Tuesday that he never thought of resigning.
Greece had already entered the pre-election period when the wiretapping scandal broke last summer, dealing a severe blow to its government office.
Since then, the left-wing opposition demanded early elections.
(With information from EFE)