Conservative Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis rode to a landslide victory over leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Sunday's parliamentary elections and is set to take office in Athens Monday.
With more than 90 percent of votes counted, Mitsotakis's New Democracy party had 39.8% of the vote, while Tsipras's Syriza party had 31.6%. Tsipras, 44, rejected as the Greek leader after four years, conceded defeat and called Mitsotakis, 51, to congratulate him on his victory.
“I asked for a strong mandate to change Greece. You offered it generously,” Mitsotakis said in his victory speech. “From today, a difficult but beautiful fight begins.... Greeks deserve better and the time has come for us to prove it,” he said.
He is the son of a former prime minister, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, brother of a former foreign minister, Theodora "Dora" Bakoyanni, and uncle to a newly elected mayor of Athens.
Mitsotakis has pledged to create "better" jobs through foreign investment, tax cuts and removing obstacles for businesses.
Tsipras had called the election three months earlier than scheduled after his Syriza party suffered a severe defeat in European Union and local elections in May and early June.
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