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Greece: New Democracy tries to win back lost conservative support

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By Euronews  with Reuters, euronews
Greece: New Democracy tries to win back lost conservative support

Greece’s September snap election is fast approaching and New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis is on the campaign trail, holding a rally in central Athens trying to lure back traditional centre-right voters.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras remains favourite to win, but polls put the two leaders less than 4 percentage points apart.

One supporter said Meimarakis speaks the language of the ordinary folk. “He doesn’t lie, he doesn’t make false promises and he can be a better prime minister than Mr. Tsipras.”

Another held the view that support ofr Syriza was waning: “I think the people became disillusioned with SYRIZA after the imposition of the capital controls. I believe the tide is turning towards New Democracy.”

Tuesday’s rally was in front of New Democracy’s old HQ which was abandoned when the party was last in government. Now its being used to woo the party’s old conservative core back to the fold.

Our reporter at the scene was Stamatis Giannisis who gave his opinion on the current election campaign:

“With less than three weeks before voting day left, political hostility between the left wing SYRIZA and the center right New Democracy has intensified, as opinion polls indicate that the winner of the September 20th election will be the party that will manage to rally the support of the majority of the undecided voters who still make over 15% of the electorate. Athens, Euronews,”

A televised debate inviting all Greece’s political party leaders will take place on September 10.

A second debate just between PM Alexis Tsipras and Evangelos Meimarakis will be held on September 14