| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Finland’s parliament backs Petteri Orpo as PM, replacing Sanna Marin

Finland’s freshly elected parliament confirmed National Coalition Party leader Petteri Orpo as prime minister on Tuesday, ushering in a right-wing administration and terminating the tenure of Social Democrat Sanna Marin.

Orpo will lead a coalition of the conservative NCP, nationalist Finns, minority-language Swedish People’s Party, and Christian Democrats, which gained a legislative majority in the April 2 election.

The new finance minister will be Riikka Purra, head of the eurosceptic Finns Party, while the NCP’s deputy leader Elina Valtonen will become foreign minister when the government takes office later on Tuesday.

“I warmly thank you for the confidence you’ve shown me,” Orpo told parliament shortly after the vote.

A self-styled fiscal conservative, Orpo campaigned on a promise to reduce the government’s budget deficit by cutting spending while also reducing taxes and seeking to boost private sector job creation.

The new coalition also shifts immigration policy to the right, aiming to cut refugee quotas, raise the bar for work-based visas and make it more difficult for foreigners to obtain citizenship, key priorities for the Finns Party.

  • Reuters