Greek president appoints Ioannis Sarmas as caretaker PM for new elections
Updated 18:18, 24-May-2023

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday appointed Ioannis Sarmas as caretaker prime minister to prepare for new parliamentary elections, as there was no outright winner in the first round, local media reported.

Outgoing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called for a fresh election as early as June 25 after securing his party's biggest electoral triumph in years but fell five seats short of being able to produce a single-party government. 

The announcement about Sarmas, 66, comes three days after Mitsotakis's conservative New Democracy party secured a 20-point lead over its nearest contender, Syriza, led by leftist Alexis Tsipras, at national elections on Sunday.

(With input from AFP)

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