Almost a sixth of voters would currently vote for Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party, finds a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.
Almost a sixth of voters would currently vote for Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party, finds a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

 

The Centre Party has registered a modest up-tick in voter support but remains far behind the two most supported parties in Finland, the National Coalition and Social Democrats, indicates a poll by Helsingin Sanomat.

Almost a sixth (16.3) per cent of the people surveyed said they would cast their vote for the Centre Party. The share represents an increase of one percentage point from the previous poll commissioned by the newspaper.

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Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Affairs, on Friday said the government will be unable to implement its long-discussed family leave reform.
Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Affairs, on Friday said the government will be unable to implement its long-discussed family leave reform.

 

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has conceded that the government will not be able to carry out the long-discussed family leave reform.

“The core issue is that everything that works well on paper wouldn't necessarily work as well as we had hoped in reality. Another core issue is that with our boundary conditions there weren’t too many alternatives coming out of the oven,” she explained in her blog on Sunday.

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Finns Party’s Jussi Halla-aho and Laura Huhtasaari reacted to the results of advance voting in the presidential elections on 28 January, 2018. Huhtasaari’s presidential campaign seems to have boosted support for the opposition party, writes YLE.
Finns Party’s Jussi Halla-aho and Laura Huhtasaari reacted to the results of advance voting in the presidential elections on 28 January, 2018. Huhtasaari’s presidential campaign seems to have boosted support for the opposition party, writes YLE.

 

The Centre Party has fallen further behind both the National Coalition and Social Democrats.

YLE on Thursday reported that over a fifth (20.8%) of voters are currently planning on voting for the National Coalition, a share that represents an increase of one percentage point from the previous poll. The Social Democrats registered a comparable up-tick – of 0.9 percentage points – in support and would win 18.7 per cent of the vote.

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Kai Mykkänen (NCP) met the press after succeeding Paula Risikko (NCP) as the Minister of the Interior on Tuesday.
Kai Mykkänen (NCP) met the press after succeeding Paula Risikko (NCP) as the Minister of the Interior on Tuesday.

 

Kai Mykkänen (NCP) shed light on his views on immigration and asylum seekers in his first press conference as the Minister of the Interior in Helsinki on Tuesday.

He revealed that he is humbled to have the opportunity to tackle one of the most important issues of this generation: the question of “how immigration and changes in the security environment in Europe are visible in Finland”.

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First Deputy Speaker Mauri Pekkarinen (Centre), Speaker Paula Risikko (NCP) and Second Deputy Speaker Tuula Haatainen (SDP) posed for photos in the Finnish Parliament on Monday, 5 February.
First Deputy Speaker Mauri Pekkarinen (Centre), Speaker Paula Risikko (NCP) and Second Deputy Speaker Tuula Haatainen (SDP) posed for photos in the Finnish Parliament on Monday, 5 February.

 

Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has been appointed as the new Speaker of the Parliament.

Risikko received the vast majority (157) of the votes cast during yesterday’s plenary session in the Finnish Parliament. Her appointment was not quite unanimous, however, as 16 Members of the Parliament cast their vote for Ilkka Kanerva (NCP), who was long considered the favourite for the position vacated by Maria Lohela (BR).

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The Social Democratic Party has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that people are outraged with the activation model for unemployment security, according to party chairperson Antti Rinne.
The Social Democratic Party has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that people are outraged with the activation model for unemployment security, according to party chairperson Antti Rinne.

 

Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, has denied the allegation that the opposition party was involved in orchestrating the protest against the activation model for unemployment security scheduled to take place in Helsinki on Friday.

The allegation was made on Wednesday by Sampo Terho (BR), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, is the second most popular choice for prime minister among Finns, finds a survey by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises.
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, is the second most popular choice for prime minister among Finns, finds a survey by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises.

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is currently the third most popular choice for prime minister among Finns, finds a survey commissioned by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises.

Roughly one in eight (12%) of respondents said they would like to see him continue as the head of the government. Petteri Orpo (NCP) and Li Andersson (Left Alliance), however, were both deemed more suitable candidates for the job, the former being the choice of 17 and the latter the choice of 13 per cent of respondents.

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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, may have expected the public debate surrounding the activation model to give the opposition party a bigger boost in polls.
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, may have expected the political debate surrounding the activation model to give the opposition party a bigger boost in polls.

 

The political wrangle over the newly adopted activation model for unemployment security has yet to prompt an increase in voter support for the Social Democrats, finds a poll commissioned by Iltalehti and Uusi Suomi.

The poll shows that voter support for the opposition party has contrastively fallen by almost a percentage point from the previous poll to 19.2 per cent.

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President Sauli Niinistö spoke to his supporters after securing his second term in the Presidential Palace on Sunday, 28 January, 2018.
President Sauli Niinistö spoke to his supporters after securing his second term in the Presidential Palace on Sunday, 28 January, 2018.

 

President Sauli Niinistö cruised to a landslide victory in the presidential elections held on Sunday, 28 January, 2018.

Niinistö claimed 62.7 per cent of the vote in the elections where 69.9 per cent of the electorate turned out at polling stations to vote. Over a third (36.7%) of the electorate of 4.24 million cast their vote in advance, while 33.2 per cent waited until election day to cast their vote.

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Election posters in Siltamäki, Helsinki, on 10 January, 2018.
Election posters in Siltamäki, Helsinki, on 10 January, 2018.

 

President Sauli Niinistö may fail to win over half of the votes cast in the presidential elections held on Sunday, writes Iltalehti.

An election forecast published by the tabloid daily indicates that there is a 55 per cent likelihood that the elections will not be decided in the first round of voting. A second round of voting will be held if none of the eight candidates contending for the presidency win at least 50.1 per cent of the vote.

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President Sauli Niinistö met voters at Hakaniemi Market Square while on the campaign trail in Helsinki on 7 January, 2018.
President Sauli Niinistö met voters at Hakaniemi Market Square while on the campaign trail in Helsinki on 7 January, 2018.

 

President Sauli Niinistö remains a strong favourite to win re-election with less than three weeks of campaigning left before the presidential elections.

YLE on Friday reported that voter support for the incumbent has fallen by eight percentage points over the past month but remains more than two times as high as that for the seven other candidates combined, at 72 per cent.

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