Hanna Sarkkinen (Left Alliance) believes Juha Sipilä’s resignation as chairperson of the Centre Party increases the likelihood of the Centre becoming part of the next ruling coalition. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)


THE CENTRE PARTY is better positioned to become part of the next government following the resignation announcement of its chairperson, Juha Sipilä, on Tuesday, view members of the Green League and Left Alliance.

“The change in leadership may offer the Centre a better opportunity to participate in the government,” Hanna Sarkkinen (Left Alliance) wrote in a blog on Puheenvuoro on Tuesday.

Sarkkinen said the Centre appears to have paid the price for the unpopular decisions of the previous government alone, highlighting that both of its original coalition partners – the Finns Party and National Coalition – fared relatively well in the parliamentary elections held in Finland on Sunday, 14 April.

“The policies introduced were characteristic of the National Coalition and weren’t appreciated by supporters of the Centre. Co-operation with left-wing parties would probably be a more tempting proposition to Centre’s supporters,” she estimated.

“What’s odd is that the Finns Party, which was involved in making the cuts, managed to wash its hands off the punishments delivered to the poor and maintain its popularity. It was quite the stunt.”

A similar conclusion was drawn by Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance. “This will hopefully improve the Centre’s possibilities to participate in the coalition formation talks. My interpretation of today’s messages is that the Centre hasn’t ruled out the possibility of participating in the […] talks,” she analysed.

Pekka Haavisto, the caretaker chairperson of the Green League, stated to Vihreä Lanka that the leadership re-shuffle may make it easier to co-operate with the Centre.

Sarkkinen on Tuesday also revealed that her preference would be a ruling coalition formed by the Social Democrats, Left Alliance, Green League, Centre and Swedish People’s Party.

“The red-green parties can’t form a majority government by themselves, so other parties are needed. It’s clear that co-operation would easier with the Centre than the National Coalition, but ultimately the government programme will decide whether we’re able to participate in the government,” she wrote on Puheenvuoro.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi