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Mon, 21 Dec, 2015 12:01:57 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Dec 21
 
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä talked to YLE in Prime Minister Interview program on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä on Saturday said there is no necessity for increasing the number of ministers in the present cabinet.
 
Talking to the national broadcaster Yle in its Prime Minister Interview Hour programme, Sipilä said his government can cope with the current 15 ministers.
 
The present government took over on May 29 downsizing the cabinet to 15 members including the prime minister from 17 ministers in the immediate past government. 
 
The last government also reduced two ministers from the 19-member cabinet in the previous government.
 
There has been an ongoing public debate about the huge workload of Justice and Labour Minister Jari Lindström due to the combination of portfolios.
 
The premier during the interview also denied that the government bills have not been prepared meticulously.
 
Replying to a question on dissatisfaction of citizens with the success of the government referring to a recent survey, Sipilä said the figures are surprisingly good. 
 
According to a survey by the Finnish language daily Helsingin Sanomat, 24 per cent of citizens were of the opinion that the government has succeeded in carrying out its tasks very well or fairly well.
 
“For many years work has been left undone, when you speak of necessary measures faced by Finland. It is known that this will come to be known as a difficult autumn, since we had to make difficult decisions, and they are many,” Sipilä said.
 
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