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Finland’s Conservatives Defeat Sanna Marin in a Competitive Election 

Marin had augmented her party’s seats and won 19.9 percent of the vote

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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FINLAND: The Finnish conservative leader, Petteri Orpo, who won 20.8% of the vote ahead of the right-wing populist Finns Party and the centre left, stands victorious in an extremely tight three-way election race by winning over the centre left group of Sanna Marin.

The leader of the National Coalition Party says, “We got the biggest mandate,” following a night where the votes drifted away from Prime Minister Marin. 

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Marin, whose efforts had been praised for initiating Finland’s near entry into NATO and had augmented her party’s seats, won 19.9% of the vote. She told the supporters, “Congratulations to the winner of the elections, congratulations to the National Coalition Party, congratulations to the Finns Party.” “Democracy has spoken.” 

A public news broadcaster provided Orpo victory with the greatest number of seats in the parliament. Orpo said, “I think the Finnish people want change.” “They want change, and now I will start negotiations, open negotiations with all parties.” 

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A political correspondent for the news broadcaster stated, “When they saw the projection, it was quite clear they were going to win.”

Heartfelt congratulations were extended by Riikka Purra, the Finns Party leader, to the centre-right opposition, and she said, “We’re still challenging to be number one, but seven more seats is an excellent result.” 

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Purra won a lot more votes compared to any other candidates, and people marked her party’s appeal to voters by influencing them on social media platforms like TikTok

Vesa Vares, professor at the University of Turku, teaching contemporary history, says that “the Finns are a very difficult partner because they’re so inexperienced and they have MPs who are discontented towards almost anything,” adding, “The most natural thing would be to cooperate with the Social Democrats.” “But [Sanna Marin] used to belong to her party’s left wing, and it’s obvious she doesn’t like the conservatives.”

Jenni Karimaki, a political researcher at the University of Helsinki, says that Marin has been less keen to portray what her goals are, whereas the Social Democrats, she believes, have mixed feelings. She says, “But Finnish political culture is known for its flexibility.” “They are known for their ability to negotiate and form compromises.”

Also Read: Finland’s Marin Faces Tough Re-election Bid in Parliamentary Election


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