Finnish politicians are preparing for the country's first general election in two and a half years following the resignation of the four party-centre-left coalition government.
Finnish politicians are preparing for the country's first general election in two and a half years following the resignation of the four party-centre-left coalition government. The election will be held over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September.
President Urho Kekkonen has appointed a caretaker cabinet composed mainly of civil servants until the outcome of the election is declared. The new Prime Minister is Mr. Keijo Liinamaa, a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Labour.
Reports from observers in Helsinki say that one reason for the resignation of the coalition government was the disputes between the two dominating parties -- the Social Democrats and the Centre (formerly Agrarian) Party. These were said to have become increasingly frequent.
Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa's government resigned on 12 June.
Observers in Helsinki have suggested that in fact, little change could be expected in the main party power relations, and that a coalition cabinet similar to the one that resigned would probably result.
The Social Democrats, the biggest single party in the country, dismiss suggestions the party is coming under Communist influence. They say that they party's dialogue with Russia is simply a Soviet wish to talk with the "possibly strongest political force in the country."