Breaking News: Finnish Government Resigns

Following a failure to pass major health care reform legislation, the Finnish Government has resigned.

Anttoni James Numminen | Fri, 8 Mar 2019

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The Government resignation which was the personal decision of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä comes a month before parliamentary elections are to be held.

The health reform legislation which brought about the resignation was to entail the privatisation of public services but hit major constitutional obstacles. The reform of health and social services has been on the agenda for over ten years.

Speaking to journalists at a news conference on Friday morning, Sipilä noted that the social and health care reform package and its related system of regional government was his administration’s central goal.

"Our government operates on a 'do or die' principle. You must accept responsibility in politics," he declared.

Sipilä said that the government would have collapsed in any case, as it would not have had time to make changes to the legislation regardless of how much effort was expended.

However, the resignation which comes a month before parliamentary elections are to be held in April has been interpreted by many as a last-ditch attempt to fix ailing polling figures.

The Finnish President Sauli Niinistö accepted the resignation but asked the administration to continue in a caretaker capacity.

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