Finland Voting for Parliament in Tough Times for Economy

EU | April 19, 2015, Sunday // 13:41|  views

Finnish National Coalition Party leader and Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (C) meets with supporters while campaigning in the Myyrmanni shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland, April 18, 2015. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Polls suggest the center-right opposition could defeat conservative National Coalition Party in the vote that is being held across Finland on Sunday.

The National Coalition Party, which dominates a five-party government headed by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, gas come under fire over some of its attempt at reforms it says are crucial for keeping the economy afloat. For Finland, 2014 was marked by stagnation and had an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

Stubb took over in June after his predecessor Jyrki Katainen stepped down to run for the EU Commission.

His main opponent is Juha Sipila, once an IT millionaire who came at the helm of the Center Party in 2012.

A survey published by public broadcaster YLE puts projected support for the Center Party at 24%, while the NCP is likely to garner 16.9% of the vote, according to the data.

Finland has some 4.5 million eligible voters.

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