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WorldCenter-left party wins Finland parliamentary election

11:06  15 april  2019
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Parliamentary elections were held in Finland on 14 April 2019. The incumbent government was formed by a three party center -right coalition, composed of the Centre Party

Voting has concluded in Finland 's parliamentary election with advance results on Sunday showing the Social Democrats slightly ahead. Should they win , the country will have its first left -wing leader in 20 years. The centre -right National Coalition is second, while ex-PM Juha Sipila's Centre Party is third.

Center-left party wins Finland parliamentary election© ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Chairman of the Finnish Social Democratic Party Antti Rinne (center) his wife Heta Ravolainen-Rinne (left) and Party Secretary Antton Rönnholm (second right) celebrate at their election party in Helsinki, Finland on April 14, 2019.

Finland's parliamentary election results show the Social Democratic Party (SDP) winning with 17.7% of the votes, according to CNN's local affiliate Italehti.

The tight race saw the anti-immigration right-wing Finns Party come in second place with 17.5%, while their coalition partners the National Coalition Party, and the Center Party scored 17% and 13.8% respectively, Italehti reported.

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The leader of Finland 's center - left Social Democratic Party vowed to focus on climate and social policies after election results indicated his party won Early returns from Finland 's parliamentary election have the center - left Social Democratic Party in first place and the conservative National

In the run up to the 2019 parliamentary elections in Finland , various organizations carry out opinion polling to gauge voting intention in Finland . The Sipilä Cabinet is composed of the top three parties from the previous election : Centre (Kesk) Li Andersson wins the leadership of the Left Alliance.

According to Reuters, this is the first time in a century that no party has won more than 20% in an election, and coalition talks are likely to be protracted.

All centre-left and left-wing parties saw an increase in their vote, with the Green League coming in fifth with 11.5% of the vote, followed by the Left Alliance at 8.2%.

Between them, the three left-leaning parties should return 76 lawmakers, according to Italehti's estimates, short of a majority in Finland's 200-seat parliament, meaning a governing coalition will likely have to include one of the main centrist parties.

SDP Chairman Antti Rinne, as leader of the largest party, will have first shot at forming a government, and at becoming the first left-wing prime minister in Finland since 2003.

In a speech Sunday, former union boss Rinne thanked party members for their hard campaign work.

"For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland ... SDP is the prime minister's party," he told supporters in central Helsinki, Reuters reported.

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