Center-left party wins Finland parliamentary election

Center-left party wins Finland parliamentary election

Finland's Social Democratic Party retained a narrow lead to emerge as the top parliamentary election vote-getter on Sunday.

Some have blamed the shrinking lead on the inability of party leader Antti Rinne, a 56-year-old former trade union boss, to attract large numbers of new, younger voters.

It more than doubled its presence in parliament, from 17 seats to 39, and regained all of the ground it lost when more than half of Finns Party MPs fled the party in 2017 on the election of hardline leader Jussi Halla-aho.

SDP Chairman Antti Rinne, as leader of the largest party, will have first shot at forming a government, and at becoming the first left-wing prime minister in Finland since 2003. Polls show the party ending up in second or third place, meaning it could play a significant role in the next government, which in Finland is typically a coalition of three or four parties.

The co-ruling Centre Party of Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the centre-right National Coalition stood at 13.8% and 17.0%, respectively.

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A first-place spot would put the Social Democrats at the head of the government for the first time in 16 years.

About 36% of voting-age Finns cast their votes in a seven-day advance voting period that ended on Tuesday.

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In Sweden, Stefan Löfven, the prime minister, has clung to power after his Social Democrats suffered their worst parliamentary election result in more than a century last autumn, enlisting the support of two liberal parties with a pledge to enact some rightwing policies.

With the European parliament election less than two months away, the Finnish ballot is also being watched in Brussels.

The nationalist True Finns party came in fourth, with 15.1% of the vote. The Finns also want a revamp of its immigration policies.

Finns Party leader Halla-aho has sought to dispel accusations that he hoped to keep his party in opposition after the election, so as to avoid facing the tough decisions of being in power.

With the Social Democrats, Green League and Left Alliance holding 76 of the 200 seats in the Parliament, the Social Democrats will likely have to open the door to either the National Coalition or the Centre Party.

This could make negotiations to form a governing coalition particularly hard, not least because the major parties have all expressed strong reservations about joining a government with the Finns Party, whose policies took a lurch to the right after Halla-aho became leader in 2017.

Finland has a rapidly ageing population and declining birth rate, and the question of how to fund the country's generous welfare state in future has been a key election battleground.

In January, outrage over highly publicised reports of an alleged string of sexual assaults by immigrant men boosted support for the Finns Party´s anti-immigration agenda. Polls close at 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) with all votes expected to be counted by midnight.

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