Finland Centre-right parties to form new government

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(dpa/GNA) – The three centre-right parties vying to form a new Finnish government have agreed on all details in their platform, and were to present it later Wednesday.

Elezioni-in-Finlandia-SipilaPrime minister-designate Juha Sipila tweeted late Tuesday that the last outstanding issues had been settled, including the division of cabinet portfolios.

The envisaged coalition comprises Sipila’s Centre Party, the conservative National Coalition Party and the populist, eurosceptic Finns Party.

Little has leaked from the talks that began shortly after the April 19 election that saw Sipila’s liberal party with agrarian roots emerge as the largest force in parliament, winning 49 of the 200 seats.

The envisaged coalition has 124 seats.

The incoming government faces the challenge of reviving Finland’s economy, which has contracted about 3 per cent over the past four years. This year, gross domestic product is forecast to grow 0.5 per cent.

To promote cooperation between new ministers and top civil servants, Sipila has said the new cabinet will initially work in an open office environment.

GNA

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