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Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn: Who is SYRIZA's new leader Stefanos Kasselakis?

Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn: Who is SYRIZA's new leader Stefanos Kasselakis?

Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn, American entrepreneur Stefanos Kasselakis, who announced his candidacy for the leadership of SYRIZA just four weeks ago, received 56.69 percent of the votes in the second round held yesterday (September 24). The vote of Efi Ahçıoğlu, originally from Çanakkale, who was seen as the favorite in the polls, remained at 43.31 percent.

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Speaking in front of SYRIZA's headquarters in Athens after the election results, Kasselakis stated that he was hopeful for the future and said, “I am not a phenomenon, I am the voice of society. "I will not disappoint you," he said.

Who is Kasselakis?

Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn, Stefanos Kasselakis , seen as the new "golden boy" of SYRIZA , was born on March 29, 1988. He is the child of a family that immigrated to the United States (USA) at the age of 14. Kasselakis, who graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, is known for his volunteer work for Joe Biden's campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party primaries during his student years in the United States. Known for his work in finance and economics, Kasselakis worked at Goldman Sachs for a while and then founded his own company in the field of international logistics.

Stefanos Kasselakis stepped into the presidential race after the resignation of Alexis Tsipras. Kasselakis, who had no connection with SYRIZA before 2023, was a parliamentary candidate in the general elections held in May and June, but could not enter the parliament.

What are their promises?

Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn, Kasselakis, who came to Greece just a few months before the elections and settled in Athens with his partner Tyler McBeth, is a name that openly declares his homosexual identity and defends LGBTI+ rights.

In an opinion piece published in July, Kasselakis described his decision to pursue politics as “a short break between two parts of my career.” Kasselakis' proposed promises include tax cuts for private and public sector workers, separation of religion and state, judicial reform, citizenship for immigrant children born and raised in Greece, and the legalization of same-sex marriage. Kasselakis, who has been living with his nurse wife since 2019, said , "The Greek people are ready to have a talented, honest and gay prime minister."

Kasselakis and Tyler McBeth

Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn, However, Kasselakis' failure to appear before SYRIZA members with a detailed program was criticized for lack of transparency. Some members of the party are not happy with their new leaders and express this openly. For example, SYRIZA MP Stelios Kouloglou told the Guardian that Kasselakis' election was "the end of leftist SYRIZA":

Can he beat Mitsotakis?

Kasselakis has said in previous statements that he is in a better position to defeat Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis; He emphasized his resume. Kasselakis is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish.

Efi Ahçıoğlu and Stefanos Kasselakis.

What happened?

Stefanos Kasselakis LinkedIn, Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the main opposition radical left party SYRIZA, which suffered a huge loss of votes in the general elections held in Greece in June, resigned. 

Tsipras said that he would do his best to establish a better SYRIZA that would understand the problems of the people and also referred to the lines of Nazım Hikmet: "The most beautiful sea is the one that has not been visited yet."

After Tsipras' resignation, the presidential race in SYRIZA accelerated, and members went to the polls to elect the party leader. Five candidates competed in the first round last week, and Stefanos Kasselakis and former Minister of Labor Efi Ahçıoğlu qualified to compete in the second round.

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