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SDP chair Rinne meets party leaders ahead of government formation talks

The Centre Party, which lost over one-third of its seats in the general election, is willing to join the government, according to information obtained by Yle.

Hallitustunnustelija, SDP:n puheenjohtaja Antti Rinne tapasi perussuomalaisten puheenjohtaja Jussi Halla-ahon eduskunnassa.
SDP chair Antti Rinne shakes hands with Finns Party leader Jussi-Halla-aho on Sunday. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

SDP chair Antti Rinne is leading one-on-one follow-up talks with party leaders on Sunday to help determine the optimal candidates for inviting to talks on establishing a coalition government.

On Sunday, Rinne began discussing parties' answers to a list of questions he distributed after the election. He met with the Christian Democrats, Finns Party and Centre Party. On Monday, he will talk with the Greens, Left Alliance, Swedish People's Party as well as the National Coalition Party.

Rinne, who was named by parliamentary groups to lead government formation talks given his party’s razor-thin victory in the general election, said he expects to know by Tuesday evening which parties will be a part of government formation talks.

“We’ll know what the makeup will look like by Tuesday evening,” Rinne said.

Despite some internal division, there’s interest within the Centre Party, which lost over one-third of its seats in the general election, to join the government, according to information obtained by Yle.

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