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Wed, 29 Apr, 2015 12:08:32 AM
FTimes Report, April 29
 
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (right) submitted the resignation to the President,Sauli Niinistö on Tuesday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb on Tuesday has submitted the resignation of the government to President Sauli Niinistö, said an official press release.
 
The President has accepted the resignation and asked it to continue on a caretaker basis until a new government is appointed.
 
The Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party), which bagged the highest number of seats in the April 19 parliamentary elections, is preparing to form a government and has already started negotiations with possible allies.
 
The Centre Party has won 49 of the total 200 seats in parliament while Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) came out second in the ballot bagging 38 seats.
 
Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), claimed 37 seats and its main ally in the government Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland) managed 34 seats.
 
Alexander Stubb took over as the Prime minister on June 23, 2014 after he was made the Chief of the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), the main component of the alliance government.
 
On June 14, 2014, Alexander Stubb, the then minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade was elected party chair.
 
Earlier, on April 5, 2014, the former prime minister, Jyrki Katainen announced that he was going to end his 10-year leadership of the Kokoomus in June. He also announced that he would quit as the head of the government simultaneously.
 
Katainen officially stepped down as prime minister in mid-June and was appointed as Finland’s interim EU Commissioner on June 18.
 
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