On 8 March, Juha Sipilä – Finnish Prime Minister and the leader of the Finnish Centre Party Keskusta – announced that his government would resign ahead of scheduled parliamentary elections on 14 April due to a failed social and health care reform.
Describing the failed reform as “major disappointment”, Sipilä commented: “Completing this reform has been one of the government’s most important projects. It’s the Prime Minister that takes responsibility for its failure.”
“If a government is not successful in executing its programme, it must resign. This is the type of political culture we are not used to in Finland,” he said.
The government headed by Sipilä is expected to stay on in caretaker capacity until the country’s planned national election on 14 April.