Profile: Greece's new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-08 20:46:10|Editor: xuxin
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By Alexia Vlachou

ATHENS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of Greece's conservative New Democracy party, was sworn in on Monday as the country's new prime minister after winning Sunday's national snap elections.

Born in Athens in 1968, Mitsotakis is a scion of a Greek political dynasty. His father, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, was a former Greek prime minister and his older sister, Dora Bakoyannis, former mayor of Athens, also served as Greek foreign minister and culture minister.

Having studied in Harvard University and Stanford University, he worked in the area of investment banking and financial analysis in the U.S. and UK before entering the political arena.

Mitsotakis has long served as a member of the Greek parliament. In 2004, he ran as an MP with the ND party in the general elections.

In June 2013, Mitsotakis was appointed Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance of Greece in Antonis Samaras' cabinet.

Following the resignation of Samaras as party leader and the disappointing defeat of the ND in the September elections in 2015, he announced his candidacy for the party's leadership.

In January, 2016, he was elected president of the ND, portraying himself as a liberal reformer that would rejuvenate the party in terms of policies and members.

A supporter of privatization, Mitsotakis backs government spending cuts and opposes to higher taxes. To support the real economy, he has underlined during his campaign that Greece needs more investments and a national development plan.

In the name dispute deal with North Macedonia, the ND did not ratify the Prespes Agreement, describing it as "shameful" for the country.

"The Macedonia name dispute deal would create more problems for Greece than it would solve," Mitsotakis has stated.

In the European Parliament election in May, his party secured 33.11 percent of votes against 23.76 percent for the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA party.

Mitsotakis is married to Mareva Grabowski and they have three children.