Sanna Marin, the outgoing Finnish premier, has decided to resign as leader of the Social Democratic Party of Finland after the electoral defeat in the April 2 elections. The 37-year-old leader will ratify her decision in September. Marin explained that her political adventure in the party “has come to an end” and that she will not run “for another mandate as leader of the SDP at the next congress” expected in September.
No international assignments offered
Meanwhile, Marin has also announced that in the next few hours he will resign from the government, excluding the possibility of joining a new executive if the future prime minister, Petteri Orpo, chooses to ally with the left rather than with the extreme right. “I don’t think it’s likely that I myself will be part of the ministerial team,” he said. “I have not been offered an international assignment. I will continue to work as a deputy”, she explained again. Referring to the “great honor” of having led the government for the past three and a half years, Marin also confided in “exceptionally difficult moments”. “I have to admit frankly that my endurance has been put to the test over the years,” he admitted.
The outcome of the recent elections in Finland
Marin’s decision is also the result of the defeat of his party in the recent general elections. The popularity of the outgoing prime minister was not enough for the social democrats who were overtaken by the conservatives in terms of preferences. At the end of the count, the leader of the National Coalition (Kokoomus) Petteri Orpo had claimed victory. The exploits of the extreme right, which thus becomes the second force in the country, also make noise. Government formation, however, could be complicated. In the vote to renew the Eduskunta, Finland’s unicameral parliament, the centre-right is credited with winning 48 seats out of a total of 200, while Riikka Purra’s national-populist and eurosceptic ‘True Finns’ party wins 46. 43 will go. It is therefore possible that to get to the formation of the government we need to go through a tortuous negotiation, also considering the various vetoes expressed by some forces during the electoral campaign.