President Sauli Niinistö has used his speech at the opening of Parliament today to tell the country's next cabinet not to stick too closely to any agreed government programme.
Niinistö said the unforeseen changes that happen during the course of a parliamentary term mean that a government should give up the idea of never deviating from its agreed set of policies.
”There’s no weakness in admitting to the reality of the situation, only strength,” he said.
I’m your man
The President also pledged his support for getting the country's economy into shape.
He told the interim speaker Juha Sipilä, who is almost certain to become the country’s next prime minister, that the country’s economy cannot be fixed without teamwork.
“If my support is required, then take this as an offer of help,” Niinistö said. He then quoted the character of Antti Rokka, a steadfast, brave gunner from the iconic Finnish war novel The Unknown Soldier: “I’m your man”.
Juha Sipilä has said he will begin face-to-face talks with other parties next week before deciding on who will be in his governing coalition.