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According to projections, the Social Democrats would get 40 seats out of 200 in the unicameral Parliament, the True Finns, a far-right party, 39.

The World with AFP Posted today at 23:17, updated at 23:35

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The leader of the far-right True Finnish party, Jussi Halla-aho, on April 13 in Helsinki.
The leader of the far-right True Finnish party, Jussi Halla-aho, on April 13 in Helsinki. LEHTIKUVA / REUTERS

"I did not expect such a result, no one expected that. " The leader of the far-right True Finns party, Jussi Halla-aho, was able to exult on Sunday (13 April) after the announcement of the results of the parliamentary elections. His movement arrives 2e poll, just behind the Social Democrat Party which claimed its victory in the evening.

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"For the first time since 1999, the Social Democrats are the prime minister's party", welcomed Antti Rinne, the leader of the Social Democrats. According to results on more than 98% of the ballots, the Social Democrats would get 40 seats out of 200 in Parliament, the True Finns 39. The outgoing Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Center Party is relegated to fourth place and loses 18 seats. Mr. Sipilä quickly recognized his defeat "We are the biggest losers of this election"he regretted.

"Restore trust"

At the end of the final results expected during the evening, the Social Democrats could sign their return to the front of the political scene, four years after their failure in the 2015 elections where the party finished fourth.

Mr. Rinne has already said he wants to form a government "Before the end of May". "We want to restore the confidence of the Finnish people (…) we will do it in cooperation with many other parties"he assured on Finnish public television. However, he kept all his options open to the True Finns: "I want to say that I do not want to speculate on this issue"he said.

The party last led the legislative elections in 1999. Paavo Lipponen then led a left-right coalition, until 2003. Since the Social Democrats have participated in several governments, but without taking the lead.

They campaigned against the austerity policy led by the outgoing governing coalition of the Center, the National Coalition Party (right) and the Blue Reform Party (eurosceptic), which brought the country out of recession. 2016.

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