Greek conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with political leaders of all parties on Friday to discuss the postal vote for Greeks living abroad. Following the meetings, a statement was released by the prime minister’s office stating that the discussion “was productive” with “serious grounds” for a solution acceptable to all parties.
Earlier in the day, Mr Mitsotakis had met with Radical Left Coalition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, socialist KINAL leader Fofi Gennimata, Greek Communisty Party Leader Dimitris Koutsoubas, Greek Solution party leader Kyriakos Velopoulos and Yanis Varoufakis of MeRA25. The statement said that the government had hoped to find “common ground” and did so in the “acceptance of the constitutional principle that all votes are equal, which means that the votes of Greeks living abroad are included in the total voting count, without separating Greeks into first- and second-class citizens.”
The PM’s office explained that a “jointly acceptable solution” was possible.
The next step is for the Interior Ministry to talk with party representatives so that a draft bill can be tabled in Parliament and “be voted on with the widest possible majority.”
“It must be made easier for Greeks living abroad to exercise a fundamental constitutional right, as happens in all European countries. This opportunity must not be missed,” the statement concluded.