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Finland's 3 main parties keep lead in local vote

 National Coalition party leader and Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen listens to the results of the preliminary votes at the party's reception in Helsink...
 Chairman Timo Soini of the Finns party arrives at a party reception in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012 after the Finns went to the polls in...
 Juha Sipil�, right, the leader of the opposition Centre Party, and Kimmo Tiilikainen, the party's parliamentary group leader, react after the first r...
 From left: Finnish PM, National Coalition Chairman Jyrki Katainen,  Social Democrats Chairwoman Jutta Urpilainen, Centre Party Chairman Juha Sipil� a...

Finland Elections

National Coalition party leader and Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen listens to the results of the preliminary votes at the party's reception in Helsink...

Finland Elections

Chairman Timo Soini of the Finns party arrives at a party reception in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday Oct. 28, 2012 after the Finns went to the polls in...

Finland Elections

Juha Sipil�, right, the leader of the opposition Centre Party, and Kimmo Tiilikainen, the party's parliamentary group leader, react after the first r...

Finland Elections

From left: Finnish PM, National Coalition Chairman Jyrki Katainen, Social Democrats Chairwoman Jutta Urpilainen, Centre Party Chairman Juha Sipil� a...

Finland's three leading political parties have retained their top positions after an election for 10,000 local government seats, with gains by a populist euroskeptic party falling below predictions.
With all votes counted, conservative Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's National Coalition Party won with 22 percent of the vote, followed by coalition partner the Social Democrats with 19.6 percent. The leading opposition Center Party came in third with 18.7 percent.
The populist Finns party, which opposes bailouts for eurozone countries, made the greatest gain with 12 percent of the vote but fell short of its 15-percent target.
The results bolstered the pro-EU, six-party ruling coalition that supports aid for ailing fellow members of the 17-nation bloc that uses the common euro currency.


Updated : 2021-04-14 06:55 GMT+08:00