MEP Nikos Androulakis won the first round of the leadership race in the center-left Movement for Change (KINAL / PASOK).
Androulakis, 42, will meet with 69-year-old former Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou in a second round next Sunday, December 12.
With over 90% of the votes counted, Androulakis was ahead of Papadreou, 37.06% versus 27.78%. The 65-year-old MP Andreas Loverdos came in third with 25.95%. Loverdos conceded late Sunday and said Monday that he will announce his support for one of the remaining candidates tomorrow.
KINAL officials said the turnout of party members and friends reached nearly 268,000, more than the 217,000 votes cast in the last leadership competition in 2017. Ballot boxes were also installed abroad.
However, citizens do not have to be party members to vote for the leader of KINAL / PASOK. On Sunday, voters paid € 3 to participate, and they also won’t have to pay an additional fee to cast their vote next Sunday.
PS Interestingly, polls conducted in several mainstream media argued that Loverdos’ victory was predetermined, as some New Democracy representatives said they would support him and even vote for him. Wonderful are your works, O Lord …