New Democracy MP Adonis Georgiadis on Monday announced his intention to run as a candidate for the leadership of New Democracy in a post on his social media accounts.
“I place myself and my career in politics before the judgement of the members, voters and friends of New Democracy,” he said.
Georgiadis, who joined New Democracy in 2012 from the far-right party LAOS, is well-known for his frequent and spirited participation in panel discussions on nationally syndicated Greek television stations. The former Greek Health Minister is also an active social media user.
Earlier in the day New Democracy interim president Evangelos Meimarakis who was defeated in the recent general election, told reporters that he is still considering whether he will run for the party’s leadership.
In order for an interested candidate to run in the party’s presidential race, a candidate must be supported by either 50 members of the party’s political committee or 396 member’s of the party’s last National Conference. According to New Democracy’s protocol members can support only one candidate. This essentially limits the number of candidates that can run for the party’s president.
So far there are two other declared candidates for ND leadership besides Adonis Georgiadis: Kyriakos Mitsotakis the former administrative reform minister, Apostolos Tzitzikostas governor of the Cental Macedonia region