Editorial: New Democracy’s challenge
The awakening of New Democracy’s party and electoral base, in these given circumstances, is an important development that…
The awakening of New Democracy’s party and electoral base, in these given circumstances, is an important development that will affect the political developments on a greater level. Not just because the voters of a historic party decided to take matters in their own hands, but because a cycle of introversion and conflicting opposition tactics is coming to an end.
Despite the doubts over the efficiency of such an open process, the results ultimately justify this choice. In a period where all surveys document the people’s major frustration and trend of leaving and distancing themselves from political parties and politics in general, the fact that 400,000 people left their couch and stood in line to vote whom they thought was better for their party, is rather encouraging.
The two candidate leaders now have an obligation to manage the agony and energy of New Democracy’s members and fans. The main opposition party must update its political and ideological arsenal and rid itself of what has kept it from performing its role.
It is crystal clear that all the parties that were called to manage the crisis were deeply hurt by the mistakes, hesitation and lack of adaptation to the problems the country faces. It is just as clear that society and the people demand their renewal, both in ideas and policies, as well as faces.
New Democracy’s two candidate leaders now have the opportunity and ability, until the 10th of January, to demonstrate that they can manage the trust of their voters in the best possible way. It is up to them to convince that with and open discussion with arguments and specific positions they are in the position to give hope back to those who trusted them. It is in their hands to demonstrate that they can be the leaders which the party and country needs.