Finnish gov't resigns after healthcare reform fails

Finnish gov't resigns after healthcare reform fails

Finnish gov't resigns after healthcare reform fails

He said there was no other way out of the situation hence chose to take responsibility.

Earlier on Friday, Finland's public broadcaster Yle said the government was about to announce that it has dropped plans for major healthcare and social services reform, citing unnamed government sources. "It has been a huge disappointment to me", Sipila said during a news conference, adding that the reform in the works "had been one of our most important projects".

The country's president, Sauli Niinistö, approved Prime Minister Juha Sipila's resignation and asked his government to continue as a care-taker government until a new cabinet has been appointed.

Prime minister Juha Sipila said on Friday morning that he would resign later in the day ahead of elections set for April 14 in which the opposition Social Democrats are set for big gains according to opinion polls.

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

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

The reform has been a hard-wrought struggle over a decade and has divided successive governments.

During a press briefing shortly after tendering in the resignation request, Sipila said he made the decision after consultations with Parliament proved there was no chance of pushing the prioritised reforms through during the current tenure.

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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.

"This reform is crucial to the sustainability of public finances", Jan von Gerich, chief analyst at Nordea, wrote on Twitter.

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

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