Finland PM resigns, but coalition expected to survive
[DAWN] Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned on Tuesday after losing the support of the coalition partner Centre Party, though the governing alliance is expected to stay in power to avoid a snap election.
A Social Democrat who has headed the centre-left five-party government since June, Rinne handed his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto, who asked the government to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government has been appointed, the presidency said.
"All of the governing parties have confidence in me, except the Centre Party. When I was told why they no longer have confidence in me, I made the decision to resign," Rinne said.
The Centre Party was angered after the prime minister was accused of lying by the head of Finland Post ‐ the culmination of a long-running dispute over reforms to the pay and conditions for some postal workers.
Posted by: Fred 2019-12-05