Finland's centre-right government resigns

Desiree Burns
March 10, 2019

"I take my responsibility".

"Prime Minister Sipila will request his resignation because the health care reform can not be accomplished during this government term", Antti Kaikkonen, the head of Sipila's Centre Party's parliamentary group wrote on Twitter.

"The social welfare and healthcare reform was one of our government's most important objectives", Sipila said at a press conference.

The entire government of Finland resigned Friday after a three-party coalition failed to agree on welfare reform policy; a hot-button issue plaguing the nation as the population ages and resources dwindle.

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto said he had accepted the government's resignation and asked it to continue on a caretaker basis until a new one has been appointed.

The news comes as Finland prepares to hold parliamentary elections on 14 April to determine the composition of the nation's 200-seat legislature, the Eduskunta assembly.

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The government of Finland through Prime Minister Juha Sipila has tendered its resignation request following its failure to oversee a health care reform.

The social and healthcare reform, which several governments have tried to implement, will collapse today, and will be moved to the next government.

Politicians in Finland were split over Sipila's decision to resign so close to the election.

The planned health care reform was meant to tackle an aging population and reduce public spending by €3 billion by 2029.

The collapse of the government came just weeks before Finnish voters will head to the polls to vote for the Parliamentary elections.

The Centre Party chair said that his coalition partners understood his reasons for proposing the government's resignation. The coalition included his own Center Party, the National Coalition Party and the small populist Blue Reform Party, once part of the euroskeptic True Finns.

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