The Greek people go to the polls in May.
Pointing to the university exams and the tourism season, Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis announced to the public that the elections would be held on 21 May.
Speaking at a meeting with ministers in the capital Athens, Mitsotakis stated that if the first round of voting fails and a government is not formed, the second round will be held in early July at the latest.
Mitsotakis said that the said date shows the end of the government's four-year mandate, adding that they took such a decision due to the university entrance exams in June and the start of the tourism season.
'WE ARE BETTER THAN 2019'
Evaluating the mandate of his government, the Greek Prime Minister said, "Greece is in a much better place in 2023 than in 2019."
According to Kathimerini's report, Mitsotakis acknowledged that "mistakes were made" and added that the government's efforts to "change Greece more unusually and boldly" will continue.
Mitsotakis, who stated in his previous statement that he did not take kindly to the coalition option, shared his thoughts:
Personally, I will continue to advocate the need for a runoff. Because the ruling power alone can provide the second round and this is the right solution for the country.
Opinion polls show the New Democracy Party's leadership waning over left-wing opposition Syriza following Greece's worst rail crash on February 28.
The Greek Prime Minister said, "I aim to win the elections again. I believe we will eventually achieve this."