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Fri, 29 May, 2015 12:00:33 AM
FTimes-Xinhua Report, May 29

The parliament on Thursday formally elected Juha Sipilä, the chair of the Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party) as the new prime minister of the country.

     In the parliamentary session held on Thursday afternoon, Sipilä was elected with 128 votes in favour and 62 votes against.

     The election was held based on the Finnish President Sauli Sauli Niinistö 's nomination of prime ministerial candidate, according to the parliament.

     After a three-week governmental formation talk, the new three-party ruling coalition announced the line-up of next government on Wednesday, with Sipilä to be the prime minister.


The 54-year-old Sipilä had been a successful IT businessman before turning to politics in Finland. He was elected to the parliament in 2011 and the chairman of the Centre Party in 2012.

     He led his party to a triumph in the parliamentary election in April and was supposed to become chief of the next government.

     After Thursday's vote, the parliament will hand over the election result to President Niinistö for approval. Niinistö is expected to formally appoint the position on Friday.

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