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Drama at the Finnish general election as the far right party shows their power.


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Sunday, 17 April 2011
Finnish parliamentary election on Sunday was a success for the right-wing party True Finns. By the time 38 percent of the votes had been counted, the True Finns had emerged the third largest party.

National Coalition Party was the largest party and the Social Democrats the second largest. The Centre Party had so far in the vote count - early Sunday evening - went backwards by 5.7 percent compared to elections in 2007.

Polls have indicated that the True Finns remained just on the heels of the Centre Party, National Coalition Party and the Social Democrats, who were all roughly equal in the parliament which will now be relieved.

According to the Finnish National broadcaster Yle, polls closed at 8pm local time in Finland in an election that reported a very high turnout with reported queues from early in the day.

Results from advance voting were announced immediately, with the National Coalition Party gaining the most support from those voting in advance.

The country basked in warm weather, further lifting participation in what has been a keenly-contested election campaign. Many Finns had cast their ballots before Sunday at 901 advance polling stations across the country, and 241 out-of-country polling stations at consulates and embassies.
The number of advance votes hit one and a quarter million, 31.2 percent of the electorate. Most of the overseas votes came from Sweden.

The drama part of the election is that the advance of the True Finns has made the election result been more uncertain. It strengthens the depth of the Finnish hung parliament to a level that it is not clear how the party co-operations will look like.

Political scientist and well-researched Kimmo Gr�nlund at �bo Akademi in preliminary comments on the elections pointed to the lack of clear government alternative could have been a particular problem for the Social Democrats (SDP), which is perceived, has a lot of power even after four years in opposition.

Conservative National Coalition Party and the Centre for its part have been involved in a grant scandal that contributed to the growing contempt for politicians.

The party that benefited from all this is the True Finns and leader Timo Soini, who keeps "the old parties" responsible for everything they dislike.

In the last parliamentary election in 2007, the Centre party won the most votes followed by the National Coalition Party and the Social Democrats. Recent polling has shown a surge in support for the True Finns, a populist Eurosceptic party that was the eighth largest in 2007.

A final Election Day controversy erupted over inappropriate text message campaigning. Several people received sms messages apparently from Green League leader Anni Sinnem�ki's phone number.
The texts reminded voters that True Finns' leader Timo Soini was not standing in the Helsinki electoral district, but claimed that he recommended one particular True Finn candidate. Soini told YLE that he had no knowledge of the messages, and that he had not recommended any candidate.
By Scancomark.se Team more analysis follows


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