|The Finnish Embassy in London where Daughter and I cast our votes|
Last week I wrote about the importance of using one's right to vote.
This morning I'm in shock at the results of the Finnish general elections announced late Sunday night. Surprising enough that the National Coalition Party (NCP) is now the largest party with 44 seats out of the 200-strong parliament, but most worrying of all is that an extreme right-wing party opposing immigration and the EU bailouts, True Finns, gained a whopping 39 seats. That's an increase of nearly 15 percent, gaining the party 34 extra seats.
|Timo Soini. Picture from www.yle.fi|
Especially when I further read that over 70 percent of the Finnish voters turned up to vote. Which means this result was not a consequence of voter apathy where only those with extreme views turned up.
Now on the morning after the election the horse trading between the largest parties begins on who's to form the new government in Finland. The Centre Party, which lost 16 seats in the parliament and its position as the largest party in the country, will now most probably go into opposition.
|Jyrki Katainen, photo from www.yle.fi|
The mind boggles how a government between the NCP (44 seats), the Social Democrats who got 42 seats and the True Finns with their 39 would work. Would it mean a veto on the Portuguese bailout by the EU, as well as restrictions on immigration?
I fear for the future.