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Tue, 16 Sep, 2014 12:07:14 AM
FTimes-STT Report, Sept 16
 
chairman of the Vihreä Liito (Green League), also the Environment minister Ville Niinistö spoke at a press conference about his party's position following the government decision on Fennovoima nuclear power plant on Monday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Vihreä Liito (Green League) on Monday said it will quit the five-party ruling alliance, if the government goes ahead with approving the Fennovoima nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki.
 
Speaking at a press conference, Green Party Chair and Environment Minister Ville Niinistö said he intends to urge the party’s governing body to leave the government, if the permit for the nuclear power plant is approved.
 
The government will decide whether to approve the power plant project or not on Thursday.
 
Niinistö said it is stipulated in the current government programme that no permit for new nuclear power plants should be granted.
 
According to Niinistö, the nuclear power plant saga is also a personal issue to him as a politician.
 
He said the nuclear power plant will increase the country’s dependence on Russia and it is not good for the country’s image, more so in the current political situation.
 
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said he considers it likely that the government on Thursday will approve the Fennovoima nuclear power plant project.
 
The premier said he will respect the decision of the Vihreä Liito (Green League), if they wish to leave the government.
 
Stubb admitted that if the Greens leave, the government will have a small majority in parliament. 
 
However, he said it will be still possible for the government to pass its bills this autumn.
 
Earlier, on March 25, the Vasemmistoliito (Left Alliance), one of the components of the then six-party ruling alliance, resigned from the government following a dispute with its allies over the fiscal adjustment package in budget.
 
The Left Alliance refused to accept the government package after the spending limit talks held among the ruling alliance leaders. 
 
The remaining five partners in the government, however, accepted the package.
 
 
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