New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis referred to the Athens distict of Peristeri, where he began the party's main campaign speech on Wednesday, as "the nation's crucible, which I strive to represent, and also provide solutions for."
"I am here to unite all Greeks, and for us to become the frontrunners of a major political change together," the main opposition leader added.
Mitsotakis said that "no vote should go to waste," in the upcoming Sunday European, local govennment and regional elections, and that voters can either go along with "SYRIZA of the bygone yesterday, or the New Democracy of tomorrow, that is to say, either with the truth, or with the lies."
He also asserted that New Democracy will win the elections because "citizens will respond to the fear, the insecurity, to the Prespes Agreement" between Greece and North Macedonia. He went on to say that in four days Greeks will "do away with SYRIZA and vote for dignity, truth, change, hope, and for taking Greece forward."
"Greeks do not want empty promises," said the ND leader, and criticised Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for "giving too little, too late", in reference to the relief measures recently legislated by the government. "The vote of proud pensioners, cannot be bought out with axed benefits," he said.
New Democracy is all for welfare policies, and aims towards gowth and new jobs, said the party's leader, and promised that top-grade students in the Peristeri district will benefit from the University of Western Attica, which will become a model academic institution for applied sciences.
Mitsotakis reiterated that his party would prioritise safety especially for business owners, whose storefronts are often targets of attacks by anti-establishment groups. "We want a Greece where there's no fear, and where store owners don't operate under the fear their storefronts will be broken again."
"On May 26, send the bill to SYRIZA," Mitsotakis said, referring to the government's supplementary ("13th") pension payouts, and added that "these are nothing more than bonuses, and pensioners realised they lied to them when they visited cash dispensers".