Finland's Center Party faces tough coalition talks after election win

  • 2003-03-20
  • Paal Aarsaether
HELSINKIFollowing her razor-thin victory in Finnish elections on March 16, Center Party leader Anneli Jaeaetteenmaeki is facing tough negotiations this week to form a new coalition government.According to observers and political parties themselves, the most likely outcome will be a center-left coalition headed by Jaeaetteenmaeki, set to become the first woman prime minister in the Nordic country.The Center Party won the March 17 election with fewer than 7,000 votes over the ruling Social Democrats, the closest result in Finnish history, and the new Parliament will ask Jaeaetteen-maeki to f...
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