HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s election-winning Social Democrats and four smaller parties reached an agreement on a joint government program for their four-year term, Finland’s likely next prime minister Antti Rinne said on Friday, in a decisive step to secure a majority coalition.
The five parties have been in talks to agree a joint program for their planned coalition since the April 14 general election, which Rinne’s Social Democrats won with just 17.7% of the vote, forcing him to look for partners to rule.
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“The government program is now wrapped up,” Rinne told reporters, adding the parties would continue to negotiate about ministerial nominations on Sunday and publish the program on Monday.
The nationalist and eurosceptic Finns Party came second by a tight margin, at 17.5%, but Rinne excluded them from the coalition talks, opting to partner up with outgoing Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s Center Party as his main coalition ally in addition to the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party.
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The Social Democrats won the election on promises to preserve Finland’s comprehensive welfare state, after the previous center-right government imposed austerity measures.
On Tuesday, Rinne confirmed a report that day in daily Helsingin...
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