President Sauli Niinistö has reminded that the collapse of the social, health care and regional government reform would not necessarily lead to new parliamentary elections.
Niinistö was asked to explain what would be the procedure if the massive reform fell through and the government handed in its resignation at a lunch event organised in Helsinki on Wednesday by the Association of Finnish Political Journalists.
“It’s a misconception that the government’s resignation request would automatically lead to new elections,” he replied. “First, I’d definitely have to find out what’s the position of the parliamentary parties on the possibility of moving forward with another kind of line-up. We’d have to look into that [first].”
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) in March announced his readiness to dissolve the government if the massive reform were to fall through, estimating that the resignation would lead to new elections.
Markku Jokisipilä, the director of the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku, told Uusi Suomi in mid-March that if the government handed in its resignation and the parliamentary parties failed to form a new ruling coalition, new elections could be held roughly 50–70 days later.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi