The leader of PASOK, Fofi Gennimata, has won the election to become leader of a new centre-left party. Gennimata defeated her closest rival Nikos Androulakis by a significant margin yesterday. She won 57% of the vote compared to Androulakis’ 43% with over 90% of votes already counted. There were initially more than nine candidates in contention.
Speaking after her victory, Gennimata stressed the need for a new party and vowed to make it a winning one when it is created next year: “I wish to thank from the bottom of my heart the thousands of progressive citizens who for a second time had a resounding presence at the process. They have therefore given a huge push to the new, single entity, toward a big winning party now. I am fully aware of the clear mandate the citizens have given us. From tomorrow we will all work together to meet their expectations,” she said in her statement.
PASOK has all but lost any dominance it once had in Greek politics. Successive corrupt governments along with the debt crisis has made the party virtually unelectable, hence the need to create a party that can provide opposition to SYRIZA, the party PASOK lost the majority of its support to, and the cenre-right New Democracy.