Petteri Orpo (in the middle), the chairman of the National Coalition Party, at the meeting of the parliamentary groups in the Arkadia Hall of the Parliament Building on April 27, 2023. In this meeting, it was concluded which parties will begin talks on forming the government. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

The National Coalition Party (NCP), the Finns Party (Finns), the Christian Democrats (CD) and the Swedish People’s Party (SPP) will participate in the government formation talks.

Petteri Orpo, the chairman of the NCP,  on Thursday, announced the results of the preliminary government formation talks that concluded in the Arkadia Hall in the afternoon.

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Anna-Maja Henriksson, the leader of the Swedish People’s Party, leading the way to the meeting with Orpo. / Riikka Purra, the chairwoman of the Finns Party, was able to keep the secrecy to the last minute of will the Finns join the government formation talks. Photographs: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

Orpo said that in the preliminary discussions, the parties have sought a common view on how to solve the challenges facing Finland. With the consensus reached in the discussions, Orpo considered finding solutions in government formation talks possible.

In the government formation talks, discussions will be held to determine the Government Program, the number of ministers, their division of responsibilities and the allocation of portfolios.

Orpo said that the hardest part in the negotiations is likely to find an agreement on the spending cuts of €6 billion.

Government formation talks will start at the House of the Estates on May 2.

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