The Prime Minister of Greece announced the advancement of the general elections after the wave of protests over the tragic train accident

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during a session of Parliament in Athens (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis) (Thanassis Stavrakis/)

Greece will hold general elections next Mayas confirmed on Tuesday by the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakisduring his first interview since the train accident in which 57 people died on February 28, and which has caused a wave of protests against the Government.

“I can definitely tell you that the elections will be held in May”said the president in an interview with the radio station Alpha TV.

Although the legislature ends in June, it has long been expected that the elections will be held in May, Probably on the 21st.

“My goal is to win the elections again and I think we will achieve it,” said the head of the New Democracy party, which has suffered a drop in voting intention since the tragic accident.

The latest polls give New Democracy three points over the leftist syrizahalf that before the accident.

The tragedy has caused a wave of public outrage with strikes and massive protests almost daily.

The protesters blame the Executive for the lack of security and control systems in the railway network.

The railway accident last month unleashed a wave of massive protests against the Greek government (REUTERS / Stoyan Nenov)
The railway accident last month unleashed a wave of massive protests against the Greek government (REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov) (STOYAN NENOV/)

The conservative government has accused Syriza of having delayed improvements to the rail network when it was in power (2015-2019).

A parliamentary commission is investigating why the so-called “717 contract”, signed in 2014 by the state railway company (OSE) to install a series of automated security measures on the Athens-Thessaloniki section, where produced the accident.

The Railway Regulatory Authority (RAS) published a report last Friday stating that 73 station managers who were temporarily hired under the current government they received “poor preparation” by OSE before taking up their posts.

Among them was the station manager who has admitted to the prosecution that he put the passenger train on the same track as a freight train, which caused its frontal collision minutes later that left 57 victims.

Mitsotakis initially maintained the thesis that the accident was due to human error and, for now, four railway employees have been charged, including the station manager who put a passenger train and a freight train on the same track. that they ended up colliding.

The railway accident left 57 dead (REUTERS / Alexandros Avramidis)
The railway accident left 57 dead (REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis) (ALEXANDROS AVRAMIDIS/)

Faced with pressure on the street, Mitsotakis ended up apologizing and acknowledging the lack of security systems in a large part of the railway network, such as the section where the accident occurred. In addition, he promised “absolute transparency” in the judicial investigation.

However, the prime minister stated on Tuesday that he has never thought of resigning.

Greece had already entered the pre-election period when the wiretapping scandal broke last summer, dealing a heavy blow to its government cabinet.

Since then, the left opposition demanded early elections.

(With information from EFE)

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