According to Katri Kulmuni, the chairwoman of the Centre Party, the party has passed the ball to the SDP to decide whether Prime Minister Antti Rinne (the SDP) should resign or not. In the picture, Kulmuni at their party headquarters at Apollonkatu in Helsinki on December 2, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Antti Rinne (the SDP) is not going to resign. Not voluntarily and definitely not without concrete arguments why he should.

After the Centre Party’s meeting with the party board on Monday evening, where they were looking for a mutual understanding on whether Rinne can be trusted to continue as the prime minister, the Centre Party decided to pass the ball to the SDP.

“Their reports have not fully convinced us. We wish now that the SDP will follow with the necessary conclusions,” Katri Kulmuni, the chairwoman of the Centre Party and the minister of the economic affairs, said after the board meeting that lasted about two hours in Töölö.


The party board of the SDP summoned at 19:30 at their party headquarters in Hakaniemi, and after negotiating for about two and a half hours, they had come into a resolution that Prime Minister Antti Rinne enjoys their full support.

Prime Minister Rinne said after the meeting that he demands clear answers from the Centre Party.

“At this point, we don’t have a clear understanding of what they mean in this situation,” Rinne said to the media.

I want to know tomorrow by receiving a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. And I want to know their reasoning for the ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”

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