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Greece. Parliamentary elections 2023 – date. Prime Minister Mitsotakis reacts to protests after train crash

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Parliamentary elections in Greece will be held in May, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced. However, he did not specify the exact date. The announcement was made by the head of the Greek government three weeks after the train crash that sparked mass protests against the authorities in Athens.

– I can say with certainty that the elections will take place in May – said the prime minister Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the conservative New Democracy party. He announced the election in an interview with the private Alpha TV.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis PAP/EPA/ALEXANDROS BELTES

According to the constitution, the term of office of the government that has been in power for almost four years expires at the beginning of July. The government originally planned to call elections in April, but mass protests changed those plans.

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Demonstrations and clashes with the police after the train crash in Greece >>>


Two trains collide, over 50 dead

The authorities are accused of negligence on the railway, which was supposed to be the main cause of the most tragic railway accident in the country’s history.

The collision between a freight train and a passenger train occurred on February 28 near the city of Larisa, 380 kilometers from Athens. IN train crash 57 people died, many were injured and hospitalized.

The Greek transport minister resigned after the disaster, and the station master on duty at the time of the accident and three other railway officials have been charged and face life sentences.

READ MORE: The stationmaster told the driver to ignore the red light. The footage from before the train crash has been revealed >>>

During the protests, the Greek police came under fire for their treatment of demonstrators. National police chief Constantinos Skoumas has been fired after clashes between security forces and protesters.


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