Finnish govt resigns over failed health and social care reforms

Finland Prime Minister Juha Sipila

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's center-right government has resigned after failing to push through a planned social and health reform.

"I take the responsibility for the failure".

"My government will continue as a caretaker cabinet", Sipila told a news conference, adding he expected Finland to be able to form a government before June or July.

The government of Finland resigned on Friday, a month before parliamentary elections, citing a failure of the plan to reform the public healthcare system.

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Finnish President Sauli Niinisto approved the resignation of the government at a meeting with the country's prime minister, Juha Sipila, on Friday morning; the meeting was broadcast on the television channel MTV3.

Finland has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world and has been discussing reforms of its healthcare system for decades but passing any meaningful measures has proved politically all but impossible.

According to Finnish broadcaster YLE, Sipila will ask President Sauli Niinisto to dissolve Parliament later in the day.

The social and healthcare reform, which several governments have tried to implement, will collapse today, and will be moved to the next government.

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Sipila, a former businessman who became a millionaire in the IT field, has been prime minister since May 2015.

Sipala's three-party governing coalition held 123 out of 200 seats in parliament.

"Since elections were already set for 14 April, the resignation of the government is not a big deal at all at this point". He heads a coalition made up of his Centre Party, the conservative National Coalition and Blue Reform, another conservative grouping made up of defectors from the nationalist Finns Party.

Last year, the latter broke up into two parties after internal divisions over tighter immigration policies.

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