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Finland's centre-right government resigns

Prime Minister Juha Sipila has quit after failing to push through a planned social and health reform

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila arrives to announce his government's resignation at his official residence, Kesaranta, in Helsinki, Finland March 8, 2019. Reuters
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila arrives to announce his government's resignation at his official residence, Kesaranta, in Helsinki, Finland March 8, 2019. Reuters

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's centre-right government resigned on Friday after failing to push through a planned social and health reform.

Finnish broadcaster YLE says Sipila will ask President Sauli Niinisto to dissolve Parliament later in the day.

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

Mr Sipila, who came to power in May 2015, will continue to serve as prime minister "until a new government has been appointed," said Paivi Anttikoski, a government spokeswoman.

The planned health care reform was meant to tackle an aging population and reduce public spending by 3 billion euros ($3.4 billions) by 2029. Successive governments have so far failed to accomplish the reform.

Updated: March 8, 2019 01:12 PM

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