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Greece election: PM seeks new vote as he falls short of majority

Kyriakos Mitsotakis calls for another election, with little prospect of forming a coalition

Greek voters were braced for an immediate return to the ballot box as Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister, said he wanted to secure a mandate for “a strong government” after falling short of a majority in the election at the weekend.

Mitsotakis, whose centre-right New Democracy party won 40.8 per cent of the vote on Sunday but fell five seats short of retaining power in its own right, said he would push for another general election next month to try to avoid having to enter a coalition agreement with other parties.

“I intend to hand back the mandate for coalition talks — hope for elections on June 25,” Mitsotakis, 55, said. “I believe the message of the ballot is very clear . . . we