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Tue, 28 Apr, 2015 12:01:00 AM
Newly elected MPs present credentials
FTimes – STT Report, April 28
 
Keskusta chief Juha Sipilä submitted credentials on Monday. Photo Lehtikuva.
The official negotiations to form the next coalition government begin today as the chair of Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party) Juha Sipilä is expected to be formally anointed as the vanguard in the negotiations.
 
Immediately afterwards, he will hand questions to the other parties aimed at determining the parties’ position with respect to key issues in the future government’s programme.
 
The parties have two days to respond to the questions and are expected to submit their response on the eve of May Day.
 
The question of the economy is certainly the main theme.  The incoming government must find a common vision on the ways to create jobs and ensure fiscal robustness in the coming years.
 
SDP lawmaker Satu Taavitsainen submitted credentials on Monday. Photo Lehtikuva.
A key part in this issue is the structural reforms. “What are the kinds of changes and measures required for employment and the economy in respect to preparedness, and then the number of structural reforms in the whole political spectrum,” said Kimmo Tiilikainen, the chair of the Centre Party’s parliamentary group.
 
Foreign and security policy is also expected to be on the agenda.
 
The questions have been prepared by the Centre Party’s government negotiating team which includes party chair Sipilä as well as the party’s deputy chairs and the parliamentary group leadership.
 
On Monday, the newly elected lawmakers presented their credentials which were to be examined afterwards by Chancellor of Justice Jaakko Jonkka.
 
The first plenary session will be held today starting at noon. The speaker and two deputy speakers are to be elected during this first session.
 
The session will be held at the Sebelius Academy as the parliament building is undergoing renovations.
 
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