6 ministers, top leaders fail to win

15 Apr 2019, 04:09

  DF-Xinhua Report

Finnish Parliament building.

Number of top ranking political leaders, including some ministers of the previous government failed to win in the outgoing parliamentary elections held on Sunday.

In the election, the Sininen Tulevaisuus (Blue Reform) party was vanished from the parliament. It was established by the people who left the Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) in 2017. None of the five ministers of the party won any seats. The foreign minister Timo Soini, the previous chairman of the Perussuomalaiset, however, did not content in the polls. Other ministers failed, including the high profile defense minister Jussi Niinistö.

The Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party of Finland) lost its only seat in the Helsinki constituency as the environment minister Kimmo Tiilikainen was not elected. The Party is historically a successor to the old Agrarian League and has never had much presence in the capital.

Commenting on the social background of the election, Juha Rahkonen, research director of pollster company Taloustutkimus, said the election result was a counter attack by "soft values" following the hard economic policies pursued by the outgoing government.

Rahkonen also took up the apparent polarization between men and women in political attitudes, noting that some 80 percent of the supporters of the populist Finns are men, while two thirds of the Green supporters are women.

Anu Kantola, a professor of communication at Helsinki University, noted that only the Finns profiled themselves a strong critic of immigration. Kantola and Rahkonen both noted that as the polls recently started indicating, the Finns could reach even the largest party status and this contributed to a "band waggon phenomenon" about a likely winner.

The election also saw the disappearance from parliament Paavo Väyrynen, former chairman of the Keskusta. He attempted to get elected through an election alliance.

Touko Aalto, the short time chairman of the Vihreä liitto (Green League), failed to renew his seat.

He resigned from the chairmanship after health problems and was succeeded by Pekka Haavisto as an interim chairman.