Haris Doukas takes surprise victory in Athens mayoral elections


There were historic levels of abstention during the second round of municipal elections across Greece over the weekend, with Athens’ mayoral race taking the spotlight.

Ekathimerini reported that candidate Haris Doukas, who is backed by PASOK, claimed the title of mayor in the Athenian elections on Sunday, 15 October, taking over from incumbent mayor Kostas Bakoyannis.

Mr Doukas secured 55.96 per cent of the votes.

Mr Bakoyannis said he and his team would be at Mr Doukas’ disposal during the transition.

“A while ago I contacted Mr Doukas and congratulated him warmly on the great victory,” Mr Bakoyannis said.

“I am solely responsible for the outcome… I thank the Athenians for the opportunity they gave me to serve them. I’m leaving the town hall with my head held high.” 

These results caused a political upset, as Mr Bakoyannis came out with 41.35 per cent of votes in the first round of polls the previous Sunday (October 8).

Other poll results around Greece were also released. These include:

  • In Thessaloniki, Stelios Angeloudis led with 67.22 per cent of votes against Konstantinos Zervas.
  • In Patras, Kostas Peletidis won his third term with 75 per cent of votes counted, receiving 56.86 percent over Konstantinos Svolis.
  • In Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Christodoulos Topsidis leads with 51.19 per cent.
  • In the North Aegean, Kostas Moutzouris leads with 52.63 per cent.
  • In Western Macedonia, Giorgos Amanatidis leads with 56.40 per cent.
  • In Thessaly, Dimitris Kouretas leads with 58.86 per cent.
  • In the Ionian Islands, Yannis Trepeklis is first with 66.1 per cent.
  • In the Peloponnese, Dimitris Ptochos leads with 52.14 per cent.

Source: Ekathimerini.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Greek and Egyptian Foreign Ministers reaffirm bilateral relations

Greece's Foreign Minister, Georgios Gerapetritis met with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry in Athens on Monday.

Historic link between Battle of Crete and ANZACs a focus of Sydney commemorations

The historic link between the Battle of Crete and the ANZAC forces were a key focus of commemorations in Sydney.

Multicultural media’s vital role in public interest journalism a key message at Sydney event

Multicultural media's vital role in public interest journalism was a key message at a Sydney event by IMMA.

‘Into the Moonlit Village’ echoes of Battle of Crete and Minoan myth

The story behind ‘Into the Moonlit Village’ is as captivating as the work itself. We found out more to mark the Battle of Crete.

Generations of Pontians remember their roots at genocide commemoration in Melbourne

Melbourne's Pontian community commemorated the Greek Genocide on Sunday, May 19, as part of a series of events. Read more here.

You May Also Like

Kate Kyros named among South Australia’s rising stars in equestrian

Kate Kyros has been named among the up-and-coming equestrian stars in South Australia, according to The Advertiser.

Australian Ambassador meets with Greece’s Deputy Defence Minister

Australia's Ambassador to Greece, Alison Duncan, met with Greece's Deputy Defence Minister Giannis Kefalogiannis in Athens.

Turkish Defence Minister calls for sharing ‘riches of the Aegean’ with Greece

Turkish Defence Minister has claimed that the co-exploitation of the "riches of the Aegean” was raised in talks with Nikos Panagiotopoulos.