Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Green League, says some members of the ruling parties are likely to value the upcoming elections over the long-discussed social, health care and regional government reform. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

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THE UPCOMING elections may take precedence over the social, health care and regional government reform in for some ruling party members, views Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Green League.

Haavisto estimated to Uusi Suomi on Tuesday that the setting will continue to become more difficult as the parliamentary elections edge closer.

The long-discussed reform hit yet another obstacle on Monday. Maria Lohela, a former Speaker of the Parliament, announced she will leave the Blue Reform to join Now Movement, declaring that she will also withdraw her support for the reform. The ruling three-party coalition is thus left with the narrowest possible majority – 100 out of 199 votes – in the Finnish Parliament.

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Haavisto pointed out that the combination of an election spring and a massive reform that hinges on the support of individual lawmakers is not ideal.

“It’s incredibly difficult to make major decisions in the last spring of [an electoral term], because preparing for the elections becomes more important for lawmakers than party allegiance. And that’s precisely the kind of stage we’re in right now,” he said.

“I think it’s increasingly unlikely the social and health care reform won’t pass through this Parliament. Of course, miracles do happen.”

The Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee is currently reviewing expert statements regarding the constitutionality of the much-criticised reform bill, with less than three months to go until the parliamentary elections.

“We have so little time to carry this out. I’m not sure how cohesive the government is in this regard,” commented Haavisto.

Elina Lepomäki (NCP) on Tuesday told Uusi Suomi that the social, health care and regional is likely to collapse. Lepomäki and her fellow member of the National Coalition, Susanna Koski, have both said they will vote against the reform bill in the Parliament.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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