Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipila’s centre-right government has resigned after failing to push through a flagship social and health care reform package, one of its key policies.
The announcement came on Friday from the Finnish president’s office.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila’s resignation was approved but the president has asked his cabinet to stay on as a caretaker government until a new one is appointed.
The government collapse comes barely 5 weeks before legislative election
Changes to healthcare system were crucial for the three-party ruling coalition’s plans to balance public finances.
Finland has an aging population that is pushing up healthcare costs, but cutting that budget is politically sensitive in a Nordic region that has historically provided extensive social welfare.
The head of the prime minister’s Centre Party parliamentary group, Antti Kaikkonen, tweeted that Sipila resigned because “the healthcare reform cannot be accomplished during this government term.”
He added that several governments have tried to push through reforms over the past 12 years.
The prime minister had previously warned that he would dissolve the centre-right government if he could not get the reforms through parliament.
1/2 PM @juhasipila: The health and social services reform was one of the key goals of the Government programme. Based on the information I received, I had to determine whether it was feasible to continue processing the reform. It was not. This is a huge disappointment. pic.twitter.com/aKRlxllV48
— Finnish Government (@FinGovernment) March 8, 2019