National Coalition Party of Finland wins parliament election

08:28, April 18, 2011      

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Finland's National Coalition Party, a member of the ruling coalition led by the Center Party, has won the most votes in the parliamentary election held once every four years, according to election results announced on Sunday night.

The results showed that the right-wing National Coalition Party won 20.4 percent of the vote to become the largest party in the parliament. However, its parliamentary seats decreased from 50 to 44. The opposition Social Democratic Party won 19.1 percent of the vote, and its seats in the parliament also decreased from 45 to 42.

The biggest winner in the election was the right-wing opposition party, the True Finns. The party won 19 percent of the vote, and its seats jumped from 5 to 39, making it the third largest party in the parliament.

Political analysts said that the rise of the True Finns showed strong public dissatisfaction with some policies of the Finnish government, which was also reflected through the bitter defeat for the ruling Center Party.

The Center Party only got 15.8 percent of the vote, with its parliamentary seats dropping to 35 from 51.

Meanwhile, the Left Alliance won 14 parliamentary seats, the Green League 10, the Swedish People's Party 9, and the Christian Democratic League 6.

The Finnish Parliament is a unicameral parliament. It has 200 elected members, with a term of four years.

According to law, the largest party in the parliament will be responsible for forming a new cabinet. Since the political situation has changed remarkably in the election, analysts say the winning parties will have very tough negotiations on the government formation.

Source: Xinhua
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