Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her concern about the conflict-of-interest suspicions surrounding Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her concern about the conflict-of-interest suspicions surrounding Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, believes the persistent suspicions of conflict of interest are the main issue in the ongoing debate surrounding Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) – rather than his participation in export promotion trips or the business activities of his family members.

“The problem is that suspicions of conflict of interest continue to arise regarding the Prime Minister. No decision-maker must use their position to promote the interests of their inner circle,” she writes.

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Sanna Marin, the second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, was pictured outside the session hall of the Parliament House in Helsinki on 15 December, 2016.
Sanna Marin, the second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, was pictured outside the session hall of the Parliament House in Helsinki on 15 December, 2016.

Sanna Marin, the second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, has accused Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) of consolidating the interests of his inner circle at the expense of national interests.

“Day by day, it seems more and more like Sipilä isn't in politics to protect the interests of our home country but his inner circle,” she tweeted on Tuesday.

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Lasse Männistö (NCP) was pictured during a question time debate in the Finnish Parliament on 4 September, 2014.
Lasse Männistö (NCP) was pictured during a question time debate in the Finnish Parliament on 4 September, 2014.

Lasse Männistö, the chairperson of the National Coalition Group on the Helsinki City Council, will resign from politics, reports Kauppalehti.

“The reason [for my resignation] has to do with the challenges of time use. A person employed in an executive role in the private sector has limited possibilities to concentrate on municipal decision-making,” he explains in an interview with the commerce-oriented newspaper.

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The upcoming municipal elections will be a great test for the Green League, says Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the Green League.
The upcoming municipal elections will be a great test for the Green League, says Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the Green League.

The Green League could overtake the National Coalition as the largest political party on the Helsinki City Council in the municipal elections scheduled to take place on 9 April, 2017, according to a poll commissioned by YLE.

The poll found that support for the National Coalition has dropped from 26.9 to 24.9 per cent among voters in Helsinki, whereas that for the Green League has risen from 22.3 to 25.8 per cent since the previous municipal elections.

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Mika Lintilä (Centre) held a press conference after being sworn into the office of the Minister of Economic Affairs on 29 December, 2016.
Mika Lintilä (Centre) held a press conference after being sworn into the office of the Minister of Economic Affairs on 29 December, 2016.

Mika Lintilä (Centre), the newly-appointed Minister of Economic Affairs, is confident that the national economy will grow in the next two years at a rate exceeding the latest growth forecast of the Ministry of Finance.

The Ministry of Finance announced late last week that it expects the gross domestic product to increase by 0.9 per cent in 2017 and by 1.0 per cent in 2018, after growing by 1.6 per cent in 2016.

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Almost one-half of the public have a negative opinion of the actions of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), indicates a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.
Almost one-half of the public have a negative opinion of the actions of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre), indicates a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has seen his approval rating take a beating over the past six months, indicates a poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat and conducted by TNS Gallup.

No more than roughly a quarter, or 27 per cent, of the public are currently of the opinion that he has carried out his official responsibilities relatively well or well, signalling a drop of 12 percentage points from mid-2016 and 31 percentage points from mid-2015.

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Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto (right) has criticised Ville Niinistö (right) for giving an unfair advantage to one candidate in the race to succeed him at the helm of the Green League.
Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto (right) has criticised Ville Niinistö (left) for giving an unfair advantage to one candidate in the race to succeed him at the helm of the Green League.

Ville Niinistö (Greens) has rejected suggestions that he has hand-picked Emma Kari as his successor as the chairperson of the Green League.

Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto, declared in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat on Tuesday that she has decided not to run in the upcoming leadership race because one of the potential candidates has been given an unfair advantage.

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Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament, is looking for a way back to national policy-making, according to Finns Party's district organisation in Helsinki.
Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament, is looking for a way back to national policy-making, according to Finns Party's district organisation in Helsinki.

Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament, is looking for a way back to national policy-making, according to a press release from Finns Party Helsinki.

Halla-aho has announced that he is interested in running for a seat in the Helsinki City Council in 2017 and for a seat in the Finnish Parliament in 2019. “This is great news,” says Markku Saarikangas, the chairperson of Finns Party Helsinki.

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Timo Harakka (SDP) shared a laugh with Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, at the Parliament House on 25 November, 2016.
Timo Harakka (SDP) shared a laugh with Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, at the Parliament House on 25 November, 2016.

Timo Harakka (SDP), a first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament, has confirmed his intention to challenge Antti Rinne (SDP) for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party.

Harakka revealed in an interview with Talouselämä on Thursday that he decided to take on the challenge due to the amount of encouragement and support he has received from both the grass-roots level and the leaders of several district organisations.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her dismay at the plan to outsource the provision of employment services.
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her dismay at a plan to outsource the provision of employment services.

The Green League and the Left Alliance have reacted with dismay to a plan to outsource the provision of employment services in Finland.

The Government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) is planning on incorporating some of the services provided by the Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) as part of the upcoming regional government reform, Helsingin Sanomat reported on Sunday.

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Timo Soini's Finns Party has struggled to hold on to its supporters after forming a three-party ruling coalition with the Centre and the National Coalition.
Timo Soini's Finns Party has struggled to hold on to its supporters after forming a three-party ruling coalition with the Centre and the National Coalition.

The division between left and right-wing parties has exacerbated in Finland, reports Think Tank e2.

“The left—right division has widened in the 2000s and, in particular, after the previous parliamentary elections. The most rightist parliamentary party, the National Coalition, and the most leftist parliamentary party, the Left Alliance, are further apart from each other than they have been for decades in terms of their support bases,” it says in a report published yesterday.

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