Parliamentary elections in Greece will be held in May, Prime Minister Mitsotakis announced

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that general elections will be held in May.

The conservative government's four-year term expires in July, but Mitsotakis was expected to call an election in early April.

Opinion polls show Mitsotakis' New Democracy party's lead over the leftist opposition Syriza party shrinking after the February 28 train crash. The accident, in which a passenger and freight train collided head-on, claimed the lives of 57 people, sparked public anger and mass protests over poor railway safety.

"I can tell you with certainty that the elections will be held in May," Prime Minister Mitsotakis said in his first interview with Alpha TV since the catastrophic accident in Larissa, the administrative center of the Greek province of Thessaly. Mitsotakis said it was difficult for him to go to the scene of the accident, but he is not considering resigning. He expressed confidence that his formation will win the elections.

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