Greek opposition party elects new leader

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Added On January 11, 2016

Greece's main opposition New Democracy party has elected Kyriakos Mitsotakis as their new leader to challenge leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his austerity policies.
 
Mitsotakis won the election after defeating former parliament speaker Vangelis Meimarakis, who's believed to be more conciliatory.
 
A hawkish new leader for Greece's main opposition New Democracy party.
 
Mitsotakis won his party's runoff election on Sunday by garnering 51 percent of the vote. The 47-year-old lawmaker presents himself as anti-Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. 
 
He defeated former parliament speaker Vangelis Meimarakis, who won the most votes in the first round of the party leadership election on Dec. 20.
 
Mitsotakis has called Tsipras "a liar" and has underlined his opposition to the government's controversial bills such as the upcoming pension reform.
 
Mitsotakis's New Democracy Party ruled Greece alone from 2004 to 2009 but has seen its popularity wane during the debt crisis. The party lost an election in January last year that brought Tsipras to power.
 
Mitsotakis comes from a political family. His father once served as prime minister and his older sister foreign minister.