Finns Party Unlikely To Enter Finnish Government Led By Social Democrats - Lawmaker

Finns Party Unlikely to Enter Finnish Government Led by Social Democrats - Lawmaker

The nationalist Finns Party is unlikely to enter the government led by the Finnish opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), which won in Sunday's parliamentary elections, member of the European Parliament from the SDP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri told Sputnik

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) The nationalist Finns Party is unlikely to enter the government led by the Finnish opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), which won in Sunday's parliamentary elections, member of the European Parliament from the SDP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri told Sputnik.

According to the official results, the SDP gained 17.7 percent or 40 seats in the parliament; the Finns Party received 17.5 percent or 39 seats in the parliament; the National Coalition Party got 17 percent of the vote or 38 seats in parliament, the Centre Party of Finland received 13.8 percent or 31 seats in parliament, Green League got 11.5 percent, or 20 seats, while the rest is less than 10 percent. The election turnout stood at 72 percent.

Thus, for the first time none of the parties in the parliamentary elections has managed to gain more than 20 percent in the 200-seat unicameral parliament or Eduskunta.

"Traditionally, in Finland the leading party has had the right to start the coalition negotiations and it is unlikely that the True Finns would find their way to the government when SDP is leading the negotiations. In this light their ... impact on Finland's policies might not be that great," Kumpula-Natri said.

At the same time, the lawmaker noted that it was too early to say something with certainty as the negotiations had not started yet.

According to Kumpula-Natri, the fact that none of the parties got over 18 percent of the vote might affect negotiations on forming the coalition.

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