Right-wing forces help the incumbent Finnish prime minister lose his re-election.April 3, 2023
Sanna Marin, Finnish Prime Minister, has conceded defeat in Sunday's general election. Her Social Democratic Party (SDP) is projected to secure 43 of the 200 parliamentary seats, but only enough for third place. The center-right National Coalition Party (NCP) topped the vote with a projected 48 seats. The Finns Party retained its position as the second-largest group in the parliament, after winning an estimated 46 seats. Analysts believe Marin's government lost support despite her personal popularity by running the national debt too high.
The Finns Party, a force that Marin branded "openly racist" on the campaign trail, had scored more than 20% of the national vote for the first time. Marin, 37, became the youngest-ever Finnish PM five years ago and was criticized for allegedly undermining her office by visiting nightclubs. The two parties that defeated the SDP at the ballot box did so by offering something completely different from Marin's government.