Former Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis did not rule himself out on Friday of challenging for New Democracy’s leadership should the conservative party hold a contest soon.

“We will discuss it if it happens,” he told Mega TV. Mitsotakis was one of several top New Democracy officials who met in ex-Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s absence earlier this week.

The gathering was organized by ex-Education Minister Marietta Giannakou, who told Star TV on Friday that a group of New Democracy officials would hold talks with former leader Costas Karamanlis. “Our aim is for him to play a role in New Democracy returning to its ideological roots... and values,” she said.