The new prime minister, Petteri Orpo, 53, is a seasoned politician who previously served as speaker of parliament and headed three different ministries in three governments.
Today, the new 77th government of Finland will start working in Finland. The parliamentary elections were held 79 days ago, so the process of forming a new cabinet was the longest in Finnish history: the task of uniting right-wing conservatives with right-liberals turned out to be not an easy one. but it is solvable.
Unsurprisingly, most of the 19 briefcases were received by the centre-right of the National Coalition party (9) and the National Conservatives of the True Finns party (8) who agreed with them to join the coalition with them. The participation of representatives of the Swedish People’s Party and the Christian Democrats gave the new government a majority of votes in parliament. Some of the ministers – by prior agreement – will work in the cabinet for only half of the term, because their positions are distributed among different parties.
The new prime minister, Petteri Orpo, 53, is a seasoned politician who previously served as speaker of parliament and headed three different ministries in three governments. Known as a pragmatist who knows how to negotiate, a centrist. At the same time, most of his career has been in the shadow of more colorful personalities, notably the current president, Sauli Niinistö. The colorless Orpo is expected to lift the Finnish economy out of the predicament into which the extravagant and wasteful Sanna Marin has led it.
It is already obvious that there is no reason to hope for a revival of frozen Russian-Finnish relations: supporters of closer relations with the United States and Great Britain will reach the posts of heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense, linking new opportunities for the export of technologies and weapons to NATO membership. Ukraine will be the main recipient of financial assistance to developing countries, and those, mainly African, states that sided with Russia may be deprived of Finnish support, promises the future Minister of Foreign Trade and Development.
In turn, it is interesting how relations with the EU will develop when half of the ministerial posts are occupied by convinced eurosceptics. Furthermore, for the first time in many years, there will be no Greens in government, reflecting waning interest in this agenda against a background of real economic difficulties.