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PM: Post-election minority government possible to speed Nato membership

Following the 2 April elections, Finland could see weeks or even months of political paralysis as parties seek to form the next coalition government.

Sanna Marin.
Finland's Prime Minister, Sanna Marin (SDP). Image: Silja Viitala / Yle
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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Saturday said it could be possible for Finland to have a one-party minority government—instead of a ruling coalition—following parliamentary elections in early April.

A "one-issue government" could help smooth Finland's path to Nato if negotiations to form a new government become difficult, according to Marin. She added that Finland must be prepared to act in any situation.

The premier's comments follow similar views shared earlier this week by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, who said that lengthy post-election negotiations aimed at forming a new government could paralyse Finland's decision-making capacity during the late spring and summer.

News agency Bloomberg on Friday reported that Turkey may ratify Finland's bid to join the Nato military alliance by March at the latest.

The party that wins the most MPs in the 200-member parliament gets the opportunity to form a government. To do that it will need to form a coalition with other parties commanding at least 101 MPs between them.

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