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Mitsotakis tour in Kallithea: The climate already smells of elections

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis toured the streets of Kallithea and talked to residents and shopkeepers

In its main streets Kallithea toured the prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after his visit to the city’s Police Department and talked to residents and shopkeepers. In a greeting he addressed to citizens who had gathered, he pointed out that in Kallithea he had his first pre-election appearance as a parliamentary candidate, back in 2003.

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He underlined that today Greece is much stronger than four years ago, he referred to the great difficulties due to the successive crises but also to the support of society, which was made possible precisely “because today Greece is developing much faster than the most European economies. This means that we can create a surplus, which we can return to society through targeted support measures.”

As the prime minister said, “progressiveness and social sensitivity must be demonstrated in action and not in words.” With the commitment that the government will continue on the path it has been following until now, he added:

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“The climate already smells of elections. And justifiably so, I would say, as we are now entering the final stretch for the 2023 elections, which will once again bring the New Democracy first and independent. And as we are now heading towards the end of our term, we can confidently look the citizens in the eye and tell them: yes, unlike what the previous ones did, we were consistent in our commitments. And we claim the right to govern the country for another four years to continue this course we have set out”.

He reiterated the dilemma of the election, saying: “The course we have charted, with one wrong choice at the ballot box can be reversed and everything we have built can be torn down. We saw it, after all, in the previous four years. But, friends, the dilemmas of the elections are now very clear: will we continue to go forward and up or will we go back to a past that we have forgotten?”

He objected that “those who resort to polarization, populism, extremes, conspiracy theories are usually those who have nothing to say and nothing to say to the citizens about their real problems.

This is not our field. Our field is the field of solving the real problems of society, and these are what the citizens are ultimately interested in. And based on this criterion they will judge and make their choices,” he said.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was introduced by the mayor of Kallithea, Dimitris Karnavos. “Kyriakos Mitsotakis has always been close to our city, this is where he started and he is always willing to contribute to the big ones, to deal with even the smallest ones,” noted Mr. Karnavos.

“To say that we are particularly happy and proud that during your administration the arrival of the Metro in Kallithea was announced, it is a project that we asked of you and you launched it”, he added.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ greeting to citizens of Kallithea in detail:

“My Mayor, Mr. President, friends, New Democrats, I thank you for this very warm welcome.

Today I am doubly happy because I see among us many good, old friends, who have walked the difficult road of electoral contests since 2004, when you trusted me for the first time and elected me as the first Member of Parliament in the unified Second District of Athens.

I don’t forget that my first pre-election appearance, the first house I did as an MP candidate in 2003, I did it in May 2003 here in Kallithea. Not in Faliro, Mr. Mayor. Here in Kallithea.

I want to say a big thank you first of all, for the support you give to our great faction, New Democracy. I must tell you that I am very impressed by your arrival.

The climate already smells of elections. And justifiably so, I would say, as we are now entering the final stretch for the 2023 elections, which will once again bring the New Democracy first and independent.

And I am sure, friends, that the Greek people will trust us again, because we were consistent in our pre-election commitments and because we kept the rudder of our homeland stable in very turbulent waters.

I remember when I had come here before the election to speak in Kallithea, I had committed to some very specific things: we will reduce taxes and we reduced them. We will create jobs and we have created them. We will bring foreign investments and we brought them. We will make our homeland stronger and more secure against the challenges of our neighbors and we did.

Greece today is much stronger than it was four years ago.

I know and you know that no government since the post-colonial period has faced such great difficulties. From the migrant invasion of the Evros and the pandemic, to the challenges of our neighbors and now the great imported energy crisis. But the citizens know that they can rely on us and that we will do everything in our power to support them in the difficult times we are going through.

Just as we supported society in the pandemic and paid the wages of all the workers of the stores that closed and supported businesses with refundable down payments, we are doing the same now in the midst of this unprecedented energy crisis.

You all know this, every time you get your electricity bill you see what you would have paid if there was no government subsidy and what you are paying now. Precisely because the state rushes in and supports every Greek woman, every Greek man, every businessman, whether he is big or small. And we will continue to do so.

And we can do it, because today Greece is growing much faster than most European economies. This means that we can create a surplus, which we can return to society through targeted support measures.

From 1/1/2023, pensioners will see an increase of close to 8% in their pensions for the first time. The solidarity levy, that memorial tax that comes from the past, will be permanently abolished for everyone.

And now, before the holidays, more than 1 million of our vulnerable fellow citizens will get an emergency aid of 250 euros, which comes to be added to the whole framework of support that we have launched for society since the outbreak of this great crisis.

Why am I saying all this, friends? I say this because progressivism and social sensitivity must be demonstrated in action and not in words. And I wonder how progressive and how sensitive were all those who only raised taxes and destroyed the middle class. They increased unemployment and ultimately burdened the weakest.

In this course, friends, we will continue. And as we are now heading towards the end of our term, we can confidently look the citizens in the eye and tell them: yes, unlike what the previous ones did, we were consistent in our commitments. And we claim the right to govern the country for another four years in order to continue this course that we have charted.

And I want you all by my side because we have to explain to our suspicious fellow citizens, who are still worrying today about what they should vote for, that nothing we have achieved is a given. Nothing is a fact.

The course we have charted, with one wrong choice at the ballot box can be reversed and everything we have built can be torn down. We saw it, after all, in the previous four years. But, friends, the dilemmas of the elections are now very clear: will we continue to go forward and up or will we go back to a past we have forgotten?

Are we going to support the real economy, the day laborers, the small and medium business people, those who are struggling every day to make ends meet, or are we going to go with a flattening logic of raising taxes to crush the middle class again?

We will continue – and I say this because we have Mr. Admiral here with us – to support our Armed Forces in practice by buying planes and ships, or we will risk canceling the defense agreements we have signed in order to return to a supposedly independent and multidimensional foreign policy;

Look, friends, things are very critical. The country is at a crossroads and we must in no way jeopardize the very great progress we have achieved.

But at the same time I know that we have great difficulties. And what I ask from our executives mainly, from our Ministers, from our MPs – and I want to say a special thank you to all the MPs in the Southern Sector who really do a great job of highlighting a lot of local issues, Mr Mayor , and give solutions to them – I want us to be modest in our behavior. To recognize that the world has difficulties and to convey the message that we are trying.

We always strive for the best. We solve many problems every day. Yesterday, to give just one example, was the International Day against Abuse and Violence against Women. We have achieved a very important task in this area. For the first time we have broken the silence and abused women have the courage to come out and talk, go to the Police, call the 15900 line and find the courage and protection to put this very long adventure behind them.

A very small example only of the many we have achieved, from a government project which in all areas is very rich.

This is what I am asking from our executives, from our local organizations, to present it, to explain it to the citizens in order to convince them not with extremes, not with voices, not with polarization, but with arguments.

You know, those who resort to polarization, populism, extremes, conspiracy theories are usually the ones who have nothing to say and nothing to say to the citizens about their real problems.

This is not our field. Our field is the field of solving the real problems of society, and these are what the citizens are ultimately interested in. And based on this criterion they will judge and make their choices.

Well, Mr. Mayor, I want you to know that in my person Kallithea always has a supporter. He has a supporter because I have known your problems for many years, at least as many years as I have been a politician in the wider region. Yes, almost 20 years.

We have known Mr. Mayor for 20 years, isn’t he Mr. Dimitris Karnave? He was one of the first people I had met when I started my political career and I am happy about his progress. And I am glad that Kallithea has a worthy Mayor, who solves problems.

So we will be close to you, as you said, not only in the big ones but also in the small ones. But I want all of you, I want you with us, I want you with me in the great effort that we will make now, as we enter the final stretch to bring the New Democracy strong and self-reliant back to the helm of the country.

Be well, thank you very much. We are renewing our appointment for our big pre-election rally that we will hold in Kallithea.

Happy birthday to Stelios Kontadakis, sorry I forgot him. A round of applause to all the Stelians and Stylians celebrating today.

Be well, thank you very much for your presence. Good strength and happy holidays.”

RES-EMP

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