Government wins vote of confidence after interpellation
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s six-party government won a vote of confidence in the Finnish Parliament.
The Members of Parliament voted 116 to 73 in favour of the government, while ten MPs were absent.
The interpellation filed by the opposition Finns Party (formerly the True Finns) challenged the government policy on the eurozone debt crisis. The debate on the issue took place on Tuesday.
In the interpellation, the Finns Party asked if the government approved of the transfer of the Parliament’s financial power to the European Commission, and whether the government was prepared for a possible dissolution of the euro.
The other opposition parties, the Centre Party and the Left Faction, had drafted their own proposals for an interpellation, of which the one made by the Left Faction was brought before the government in the final vote.
The six-party coalition government (National Coalition Party, Social Democrats, Left Alliance, Green League, Swedish People’s Party and Christian Democrats) has 124 seats in the Parliament.
The Finns Party, the Centre Party, and the Left Faction are in the opposition, with 76 seats.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Intense debate in Parliament over euro crisis (14.12.2011)
True Finns do not want Centre Party to join in interpellation (30.11.2011)
Parliament of Finland