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Finnish Social Democrats and nationalist Finns Party nearly tied in election

Tipped to win, the opposition Social Democrats scored 17.7 percent, while their eurosceptic Finns Party rivals were at 17.5 percent, according to nearly complete results published by the justice ministry. With 99.5 percent of votes counted, the co-ruling Centre Party of Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the center-right National Coalition stood at 13.8 percent and 17.0 percent, respectively. "For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland ... SDP is the prime minister's party,"...
Tags: Science, Finland, Rinne, Social Democrats, Juha Sipila, National Coalition, Centre party, Finns Party


Finnish voters may pave way for first leftist premier in two decades

A survey commissioned by public broadcaster Yle showed the Social Democrats could win top spot with 19 percent of the vote, giving leader Antti Rinne first shot at forming a government. The Finns are running second with 16.3 percent support, after scoring rapid gains since the start of the year when cases of sexual abuse of minors by foreign men emerged. Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho, 47, cast his vote near his home in Eira, one of Helsinki's most expensive neighborhoods.
Tags: Science, Helsinki, YLE, Eira, Jussi Halla aho, Finns Party, Antti Rinne


The Latest: Finns Party wants "moderate" climate actions

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local):
Tags: Science, Ap, Finland, Helsinki, Finns Party



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