Centre Party won the Parliamentary Elections of Finland

Apr 20, 2015 17:58 IST

Finland’s opposition Centre Party led by Juha Sipila on 19 April 2015 won the General Election. Centre party, the advocates of wage freeze and spending cuts to regain Finland’s competitiveness, defeated the centre-right National Coalition party of incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.

In the General elections held for 200 seats Parliament, Centre Party won 42 seats, anti-immigration and anti-bailout Finn’s party under Timo Soini won 38 seats, pro-European Union (EU) and pro-North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) National Coalition party of Stubb won 37 seats and the centre-left Social Democrats party won 34 seats.

Percentage wise, the Centre party won 23.2 percent of the total votes which was 7.4 percent more than what it won in 2011 elections. With 17.9 percent of total vote won, Stubb’s National Coalition party came at second place which was 2.4 percent less compared to 2011 elections.

These two parties were followed by the Social Democrats with 17.7 percent and Finns Party with 15.8 percent votes.

The win of opposition Centre party means that Finland, which has been facing the economic slowdown during the four-year Alexander Stubb rule, may now get an economic revamp that could rescue Finland. However, he may likely need coalition support from Finn’s party which is Eurosceptic party and critical of further Greek bailouts.

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