Greek conservatives elect new leader to challenge PM Alexis Tsipras

By REUTERS
January 11, 2016 00:05

 
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ATHENS - Greek conservatives elected Kyriakos Mitsotakis as their new leader on Sunday, hoping he can revive their fortunes and challenge leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, still popular despite opting for austerity.

The conservative New Democracy party seeks to recover from its heavy election defeat in September, when Greeks re-elected Tsipras' Syriza party amid capital controls on bank deposits and a harsh third bailout with the country's foreign lenders.

Mitsotakis, a 47-year reformist lawmaker and scion of one of Greece's most influential political families, is expected to pile pressure on 41-year-old Tsipras ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote on pension reform, as part of the first review of Greece's bailout program.

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