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Finlands statsminister Marin innrømmer nederlag ettersom det høyreorienterte NCP vinner valget

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Finland’s left-wing Prime Minster Sanna Marin conceded defeat in Sunday’s (2 April) parliamentary elections. The opposition right-wing National Coalition Party won victory in a closely fought race.

Pro-business NCP was expected win 48 of 200 parliament seats. This is narrowly ahead nationalist Finns Party, which has 46 seats, and Marin’s Social Democrats, who have 43. Justice ministry election data shows that all ballots were counted.

“We got the largest mandate,” NCP-leder Petteri Oderpo stated in a speech to his followers. He pledged to “fix Finland’s economy”.

As Marin’s tenure as prime minister is expected to end, he will have the chance to form a coalition in order to win majority in parliament.

“We have gained support, and we have won more seats (in parliament). Even if we didn’t finish first today, that’s an outstanding achievement,” the prime minister stated in a speech to party members.

Marin, 37, was the world’s youngest prime minster when she assumed office in 2019. She is regarded by her fans as a role model for millennial progressive leaders. However, she has been criticized at home for her partying and government’s spending.

Til tross for at hun er populær blant mange finner, spesielt unge moderater, har hun gjort noen konservative sinte ved å bruke overdådige utgifter til utdanning og pensjoner de anser som ikke tilstrekkelige.

Selv om NCP ledet meningsmålingene i nesten to år, har ledelsen avtatt de siste månedene. Den har lovet å redusere utgiftene og stoppe økningen i offentlig gjeld som har steget til litt over 70 % av BNP helt siden Marin ble valgt i 2019.

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Orpo charged Marin with eroding Finland’s economic resilience during a time in which Europe’s energy crisis, triggered by Russia’s war against Ukraine, has severely hit the country and the cost to live has increased.

Orpo uttalte at han vil samarbeide med alle partier for å få flertall i parlamentet. Marin sa imidlertid at sosialdemokratene hennes kunne styre med NCP, men ikke med Finnspartiet.

During a January debate, Marin called the Finns Party “openly racially” – an accusation that the nationalist group refuted.

The main objective of the Finns Party is to reduce what Riikka Purra, its leader, has called “harmful” migration from developing countries that are not members of the European Union. It calls for austerity policies in order to reduce deficit spending, which is a position it shares with NCP.

Marin’s most notable foreign policy action was her push with President Sauli Ninisto for the country’s to make a pivotal policy U-turn and seek NATO-medlemskap after Russia’s invasion.

Denne prosessen er nesten fullført. Helsinki vil slutte seg til den vestlige forsvarsalliansen innen dager etter at alle 30 vestlige medlemmer har godkjent deres tiltredelse.

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