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Finnish PM offers resignation due to failed reform

Finnish PM offers resignation due to failed reform”

"I take my responsibility".

"The social welfare and healthcare reform was one of our government's most important objectives", Sipila said at a press conference.

"Prime Minister Sipila requests to resign because the healthcare reform can not be accomplished during this government term", tweeted Antti Kaikkonen, the Head of Sipila's Centre Party's parliamentary group.

Observers said it will not make much difference as its term in office is almost over and the parliamentary election is due in April.

President of Finland Sauli Niinisto (L) and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, who announced his government's resignation, shake hands at the president's official residence, Mantyniemi, in Helsinki, Finland March 8, 2019. But he insisted that Finland "needs a reform", indicating the issue is likely to play a large role in elections and the next government's mandate.

Sipila's decision is also an admission that the government was unable to rally enough support to push its pro-market reforms through parliament.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's centre-right government resigned Friday after the governing coalition failed to agree on and push through a planned social and health reform. The resignation won't impact the timetable of the election is will be held on April 14 as previously set.

The prime minister came under fire from the nationalist Finns Party, a former ally, which accused him of playing "a shameful trick" on the electorate.

Jan von Gerich, chief strategist at Nordea Bank Abp in Helsinki, said the news "doesn't really affect the outlook for Finnish politics or policies", although "the headlines might still raise questions among some foreign investors".

Sipila has since 2015 headed a coalition made up of his Centre Party, the conservative National Coalition, and Blue Reform, a moderate faction spun off from the far-right.

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