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PM to face no-confidence motion

03 Dec 2019, 10:11 ( 7 days ago)

DF News Desk
Prime Minister Antti Rinne. Photo Finnish government by Laura Kotila.

Prime Minister Antti Rinne found himself in a dilemma over whether to resign or to face a non-confidence vote, as one of the coalition partners on Monday decided not to back him, reported Xinhua.

The Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party of Finland) withdrew its backing for Rinne, who is also leader of the Suomen sosialidemokraattinen puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland-SDP), but pledged its continued support for government programs.

The parliament will begin a debate on an interpellation by the opposition conservatives on Tuesday. Many political observers predicted Rinne would resign before the debate as he would now be very likely to lose the vote of confidence.

However, Rinne said in a live national telecast on Monday night that he would not resign, but wanted to hear more from the Keskusta.

The current situation was triggered by the recent massive postal strike. The ruling coalition had demanded Rinne to give an explanation for the government's statements and actions. However, the Keskusta said the explanation was not acceptable.