Finnish President Accepts Government's Resignation

Finland's prime minister Juha Sipila offers government's resignation over failed healthcare reforms

Finland govt resigns

The social and healthcare reform, which several governments have tried to implement, will collapse today, and will be moved to the next government. But he insisted that Finland "needs a reform", indicating the issue is likely to play a large role in elections and the next government's mandate.

Juha Sipila has been the country's prime minister since 2015 after forming a three-party governing coalition with two other right-leaning parties, including the small populist Blue Reform Party, a group that was once part of the eurosceptic True Finns but split up amid divisions over immigration policies.

Sipila, who came to power in May 2015, will continue to serve as prime minister "until a new government has been appointed", said Päivi Anttikoski, a government spokeswoman. "I am a man of principle and in politics you have to carry responsibility", Sipila told reporters, adding: "I am taking my share of responsibility".

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto accepted the resignation of the government led by centrist Prime Minister Juha Sipila, national broadcaster Yle reported.

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Friday's decision comes weeks before Finland holds parliamentary elections on April 14 to renew Finland's 200-seat Eduskunta assembly.

Finland's centre-right government has collapsed one month before parliamentary elections after the failure of a reform of its health and social care systems that has been in the works for more than a decade.

Speaking at a press conference, Sipila said health care had been one of his government's main goals and that he was "hugely disappointed".

This reform could have taken the annual growth of social and health care costs between 2019 and 2029 to 0.9% down from the current 2.4% which made the Opposition to launch an onslaught on the government over the failure. The government's resignation would not change the timetable for next month's elections, the justice ministry said.

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