Polling stations have opened in Finland for the country’s general election, with early results indicating that the opposition conservatives have taken a marginal lead. The latest poll by public broadcaster Yle shows that the conservative National Coalition party (NCP) is currently leading with 19.8% of votes, followed closely by the far-right, nationalist Finns party (SDP), and Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Social Democrats on 18.7%.
Marin may face an uphill battle to retain her position as prime minister, especially given accusations from opposition leaders about excessive government borrowing and inflated public spending. With recession forecast and inflation surging in Finland, these issues are at the forefront of voters’ minds.
The leader of the winning party usually has first dibs at forming a government; however, this may not be possible this time around since several parties have already ruled out certain options – particularly when it comes to working with the Finns.
Early results from over 1.7 million votes cast so far show that Purra’s right-wing populists The Finn are close behind on 18.6%, keeping up their fight for first place. However, there is still a lot to play for since voting does not end until 8 pm local time.
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This year’s general election is crucial for Finland as it struggles with economic challenges brought about by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions globally while also contending with climate change issues domestically – all of which have led many citizens to look towards more conservative policies that prioritize welfare cuts over increased public spending.