Finland

Greens leave Government over nuclear deal


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Leader of the Green League, Ville Niinistö, has announced that the party will leave the government of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.

The Greens hold two ministerial portfolios in the government, International Development and Environment, which will now have to be replaced. It leaves the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) led coalition with 102 seats in the 200 seat Parliament or Eduskunta/Riksdag.

The Greens decided to leave yesterday following a decision by the Cabinet on Thursday to proceed with the Fennovoima nuclear power station at Pyhäjoki in North Ostrobothnia.

A general election is scheduled for 19th April 2015 and the Prime Minister has stated that the departure of the Greens is unlikely to bring the date forward.

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