Finland populists elated by poll result

World | 15 Apr 2019 4:52 pm

The chairman of the populist Finns Party says he was truly surprised at how his party performed in Finland’s parliamentary election.

A complete count of votes from yesterday’s election had the euroskeptic party winning 39 seats in the 200-seat Finnish legislature, one fewer than the center-left Social Democratic Party that received the most votes.

Finns Party chairman Jussi Halla-aho also received the most votes by far of any candidate who ran for the Eduskunta legislature. Finnish media are suggesting that could put him in the role of kingmaker in the next government.

An elated Halla-aho called it a “day of joy” and said: “I certainly could never have expected a result like this. Honestly speaking, none of us expected this kind of result.”-AP






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