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All Points North #43: Govt's unexpected resignation - and Left Alliance election promises

Political pundit Sini Korpinen joins APN to unpack the government's sudden resignation and examine the Left Alliance's platform ahead of the general election.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (on right) submits his government's resignation to President Sauli Niinistö on Friday.
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (on right) submits his government's resignation to President Sauli Niinistö on Friday. Image: Yle
The surprise government collapse and a look at the Left Alliance
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By the time APN sat down with political commentator Sini Korpinen, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä had tendered his government's resignation, citing the failure of the administration's signature social and health care reform package. President Sauli Niinistö accepted the premier's resignation notice, but asked the cabinet to complete its term in office in an administrative capacity.

APN asked Korpinen about the potential impact the unexpected resignation could have and why it happened on the cusp of parliamentary elections due in April. She said nothing will probably change before the general election, which is due on 14 April.

APN returned to the originally scheduled topic of the day: our party profile of Finland's most leftward-leaning parliamentary party, the Left Alliance. Korpinen said that chair Li Andersson and her party still have plenty of work to do to clarify their message as to what they are offering for the future, instead of dwelling in the past.

For example, as one of the few parties boldly calling for tax hikes to safeguard endangered social services, Korpinen says the Left Alliance should be able to list what it is exactly that Finland's taxpayers will get in return for their money.

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This week's podcast was presented by Mark B. Odom and Zena Iovino. Our producer was Pamela Kaskinen,and our sound engineer was Tuomas Vauhkonen.

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