Conservative Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a long-time supporter of granting voting rights to the diaspora, will hold successive meetings with political party leaders on Friday to discuss the postal vote.
The successive meetings will be held at Mr Mitsotakis office in Parliament on Friday at the following times:
– with SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras at 11am
– with the leader of the socialist Movement for Change (KINAL – former PASOK) party Fofi Gennimata at 12.15pm
– With the general secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutroubas at 5pm
– with the leader of Elliniki Lysi Kyriakos Velopoulos at 6pm
– with MERA25 leader Yanis Varoufakis, leader of MeRA25 at 7pm
Earlier this month, Mr Mitsotakis described a plan submitted by main opposition SYRIZA party on the vote of the diaspora in general elections as a “deeply offensive” proposal that treats Greeks living in other countries as “second class citizens”. He said that the main opposition’s suggestion that Greeks abroad not count expatriates’ votes in the general vote, but only for the election of three deputies, is a “fraud” – a watered-down version of what democracy should be.