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Government narrowly survives confidence vote

The vote followed an interpellation about how the government was handling problems within the elderly care and health services sectors.

The vote was preceded on Wednesday by lively debate between MPs about ways to address the shortcomings in both sectors. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (SDP) government survived a confidence vote in Parliament on Friday, with MPs voting 91-73. There were a total of 35 MPs absent from the vote, and no abstentions.

The voting margin was narrower on Friday than in more recent confidence votes, which the government has tended to win by 30-40 votes.

The vote of confidence was related to the Finns Party and Christian Democrats interpellation question into how the government was handling problems within the elderly care and health services sectors.

The parties accused the government of having allowed the situation to worsen and called for an investigation into what the government planned to do about improving health care services for the elderly.

The vote was preceded on Wednesday by lively debate between MPs about ways to address the shortcomings in both sectors.

There were 25 MPs from parties in the government coalition who were not present for the vote; including five from the SDP, seven from the Centre, six Green Party MPs, four from the Left Alliance and three from the Swedish People's Party.

Meanwhile, the opposition's 10 absentees included: four Finns Party MPs, three NCP MPs, as well as the chair and sole member of the Power Belongs to the People party.

Edit note added on 3.10.2022 at 9:44am to note that the government's winning margin was narrower than in previous confidence motions.

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