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Mon, 13 Jan, 2014 03:39:43 AM
FTimes-STT Report, January 13
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen talking in an interview with YLE Radio on Sunday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Prime Minister Jrki Katanainen on Sunday remained silent about his elaborate planning for the future, and said he will shed light on his intentions in April.
In an interview with Yle radio, Katainen also said he had nothing new to tell and wished to concentrate on the task ahead.
"It is natural... I have been serving as the chairman of the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party) for nearly 10 years and speculations have always been there," said the prime minister.
He also spoke on the issue of the forced merger of municipalities which has caused a stir in recent debates. 
Terming the issue as “sensitive,” Katainen said opinion regarding the matter should be shared across the party divide.
He added that his government has no intention to force the merger and probably would not have the time to do so.
He expressed hopes that the future government would have the necessary tools for the merger but he did not expect any future government to use the mergers in a large scale.
Earlier, speculation rose about the future plan of the prime minister in mid-2013, following a media report that said he might quit his position.
Finnish language newspaper Suomen Kuvalehti in a report said the prime minister was supposed to place a proposal before this autumn to quit from his present positions as the prime minister and the party chief.
The premier, on July 13 last year, straightway rejected the report.
His party Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), the biggest component of the alliance government, also thrashed the media report saying it was a rumour.
Katainen might be preparing for the position of a commissioner of the European Union after the EU parliamentary elections scheduled for 2014, the paper reported quoting an unnamed source.
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