HELL IN HELSINKI: Finland's 'ENTIRE GOVERNMENT' Resigns After Welfare Reform Fails

Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels Belgium

Sipila, a former businessman who earned millions as an IT entrepreneur before becoming prime minister in 2015, has made health and social reform one of his top priorities in office, seeing a shake-up as necessary to cut the ballooning costs of treating a rapidly aging population.

"The social welfare and healthcare reform was one of our government's most important objectives", Sipila said at a press conference. "I am a man of principle and in politics you have to carry responsibility", Sipila told reporters, adding: "I am taking my share of responsibility".

Sipila tendered in the resignation letter of his government to President Sauli Niinisto on Friday, March 8.

Sipila threw in the towel when it became clear the government would not be able to submit a proposal to parliament before the election set for April 14.

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila has offered to resign, according to a statement from the country's presidential office.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's center-right government has resigned after failing to push through a planned social and health reform.

Sipala's three-party governing coalition held 123 out of 200 seats in parliament.

But the health reform plan has had a rocky road, running several times into constitutional obstacles, and the government has also come under fire over a scandal involving neglect at nursing homes. The coalition included his own Center Party, the National Coalition Party and the small populist Blue Reform Party, once part of the euroskeptic True Finns.

The Centre Party chair said that his coalition partners understood his reasons for proposing the government's resignation.

Last year, the latter broke up into two parties after internal divisions over tighter immigration policies.

Finland is assuming the European's Union rotating presidency on July 1.



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