Finland’s Centre-right Leader Petteri Orpo Claims Election Win

Mon Apr 03 2023
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HELSINKI: Finland’s centre-right political leader Petteri Orpo won a nail-biting three-way election race on Sunday, with the far-right Finns political Party in second position ahead of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats party in third place.

“This was a great win,” Orpo, the chief of the National Coalition Party, told his fellows and supporters, saying: “On the ground of this poll result… we are going to start negotiating a government in the country.”

The largest party in Finland’s parliament traditionally takes the first chance to constitute a government, and since the 1990s that political party has always claimed the office of the prime minister.

The chief of the far-right Finns Party, Riikka Purra also thanked her supporters and party workers for the party’s “best poll result ever”.

With 96 % of votes counted, the centre-right was credited with 48 seats of the 200 in the country’s parliament, the far-right with 46 seats and the Social Democrats with 43 seats.

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