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PM Sanna Marin’s government wins first confidence vote

On Tuesday 105 MPs voted in favour of the new government’s programme.

SDP:n pääministeri Sanna Marin eduskunnan täysistunnossa 16. joulukuuta.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin's government programme has earned parliamentary support with 105 representatives voting in its favour in a confidence motion held on Tuesday. Eighty MPs voted against the agenda and 14 MPs were absent.

The Marin government agenda is the same as that of ex-premier Antti Rinne, however since it’s now the policy roadmap of a new administration it had to be discussed in a plenary session of parliament.

After Monday’s opening debate on the new administration's four-year plan, MPs put the new government to its first confidence vote om Tuesday.

The main opposition parties, the Finns Party and the National Coalition Party (NCP), failed to warm to Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s assurances that the government was making progress implementing its four-year programme.

Confidence motion on Al-hol issue

The new administration has been under pressure to produce guidelines on how to handle Finnish women and children in the camp.

While Prime Minister Marin had announced on Monday that the Finnish children will be repatriated as soon as possible, the opposition has said that this does not answer all the questions raised.

Opposition parties in parliament had previously filed an interpellation over an alleged plan to repatriate Finnish citizens currently in the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria. The debate on the parliamentary question began Tuesday afternoon.

The confidence vote will be held on Wednesday.

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