Finnish centre-right leader Orpo claims election victory

AFP , Sunday 2 Apr 2023

Finland's centre-right leader Petteri Orpo claimed victory in Sunday's general election, with the far-right Finns Party in second place ahead of Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Social Democrats in third.

Social Democratic Party SDP chair and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and supporters react to the first exit poll results at the SDP election party event in Helsinki, following the Finnish parliamentary elections, on April 2, 2023. . ( AFP)


"This was a great victory," Orpo, the 53-year-old head of the conservative National Coalition Party, told his supporters, adding: "On the basis of this election result... we will start negotiating a government in Finland."

The biggest party in parliament traditionally gets the first chance to build a government, and since the 1990s that party has always claimed the prime minister's office.

The head of the far-right Finns Party, Riikka Purra, thanked her supporters for the party's "best election result ever".

With 96 percent of votes counted, the centre-right was credited with 48 of the 200 seats in parliament, the far-right with 46 and the Social Democrats with 43.

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