Parliamentary elections in Finland.  Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s party is losing and the National Coalition is losing

Parliamentary elections in Finland ended on Sunday. It was won by the National Liberal Conservative Coalition (KOK) with 20.8 percent of the vote. The Social Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin, came in third place. “Congratulations to the Finns, we talked about democracy,” said the current head of government. “Finland needs to get back to good shape, and the goal is the same: to put the Finnish economy back in order,” said the leader of the winning coalition, Petteri Urbu, who is likely to become the new prime minister.

Polling stations across Finland were open from 9 am to 8 pm local time (7 pm in Poland). However, Finnish citizens were able to vote earlier, for a week at the end of March. The building is located in libraries, shopping malls and offices. About 4.5 million Finns were eligible to vote.

The National Coalition (KOK), after all the votes were counted, won the election with 20.8%. Alliance leader Petteri Orbo, who in 2015-2019 headed the Ministry of Interior and then Finance, said: – A new government will be formed under our leadership. He is a supporter of budget cuts and the budget.

The leader of the winning alliance indicates the main objective

“Finland needs to get back to good shape, and the goal is the same: to reorganize the Finnish economy,” he said after Sunday’s victory.

Long before the election, Orbu was expected to be the next Prime Minister. His party won – as it was commented – not only by being an alternative to the current left-wing politics, but also thanks to the “NATO wave”. For decades, it was the only parliamentary group to support joining the alliance (in the coming days, Finland will be officially admitted to NATO after the accession process that lasted less than a year). The Kosovo Party will have 48 seats in the 200-member parliament.

Second place in the election was taken by the conservative Finnish People’s Party (PS), with just over 20 percent of the vote. “This is our best result ever,” said President Rica Berra. For the first time, this party won more than 40 seats in Eduskunta. The leader of the Finns personally received the largest number of votes in the entire country – more than 42,000, ahead of even the hugely popular Prime Minister Sanna Marin (more than 35,000).

Rikka Pera (The Real Finns), Sanna Marin (Social Democratic Party) and Petteri Urbu (National Coalition)PAP/EPA/KIMMO Brandt

Sanna Marin: Democracy has spoken

Despite Prime Minister Marin’s personal popularity, her party – the Social Democratic Party – took third place. 19.9 percent voted for the SDP. Finns. This translates to 43 seats in Parliament.

“Congratulations to the election winner, congratulations to the National Coalition, congratulations to the Finns, democracy has spoken,” Marin emphasized. The leader of the Social Democrats noted that the party of the prime minister had, for many years, received more votes than in previous elections. Four years ago, the Social Democrats won the elections with 17.7 percent of the vote. support (40 seats).

Marina SanaaPAP/EPA/KIMMO Brandt

Commenting on the preliminary results of the elections, which already heralded the defeat of the party of the current prime minister, Reuters wrote that if these results continue, the era of Sana Marin – one of the youngest leaders in the world – will end. . “

The Finnish Prime Minister, campaigning until the very last minute, convinced that the election of a right-wing government would mean dire consequences for the country. – We have a chance to choose a better option – social democracy. I hope each and every one of you will go vote, and that you will convince your friends and family to do the same. You have to vote for the Social Democrats, because if they don’t win the election, we’ll end up with a right-wing government that makes bad decisions for ordinary people.

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The atmosphere at all polling stations was tense and the outcome was uncertain until all the votes had been counted. Before the elections, the Finnish media predicted that even a few thousand votes could decide who would be the next prime minister.

Parliamentary elections in FinlandPAP/EPA/KIMMO Brandt

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