Helsinki [Finland], May 3: Talks on forming a new coalition government in Finland following the April 2 elections began formally in Helsinki on Tuesday, with the parties taking differing positions on immigration and the climate.
The conservative National Coalition Party (NCP), the right-wing populist Finns Party, the Swedish People's Party of Finland (RKP) and the Christian Democrats (KD) met to find common ground on the economy, climate policy and immigration, the NCP's Petteri Orpo said, according to a report by the broadcaster Yle. After the NCP emerged victors in the election ahead of the Finns and the SPD, Orpoaims to set up a centre-right coalition to take over from the centre-left coalition led by outgoing Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sanna Marin. Tough negotiations are expected, as the Finns under RiikkaPurra take a strongly differing line on immigration and climate than the RKP and the NCP. Orpo is aiming to form a government by June. (DPA)
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