Finnish populists want to get into goverment -leader

HELSINKI, March 5 (Reuters) – Finland’s euro-sceptic
populist True Finns could form a government after April
elections with current rulers the Centre, the National Coalition
party or the opposition Social Democrats, the party leader said.

Finland will hold a general election on April 17 and a
recent poll showed that the True Finns has more than quadrupled
its support to 16.9 percent since the previous national election
in 2007. [ID:nLDE71N28V]

The party has ridden the wave of economic worries and
benefited from a lengthy funding scandal that tarnished the big
parties.

“A political party’s meaning and aim is to get into the
government to use the power. That is our target also,” True
Finns’ leader Timo Soini said in an interview with Finnish
public broadcaster YLE on Saturday.
“The Social Democrats, the National Coalition Party and the
Centre are possible government partners and I do not prefer or
dislike any of them more than the others,” he said, adding that
the Greens were not a suitable partner.

His party would only join the government if it was
an equal member.

According to the recent poll, Finance Minister Jyrki
Katainen’s National Coalition party is Finland’s biggest party
with 20.9 percent backing, while Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi’s
Centre Party is the second with 18.9 percent. The largest
opposition party the Social Democrats’ support is 17.5 percent.

Kiviniemi said earlier this week, she could consider ruling
with the True Finns. [ID:nOSN005066]

(Reporting by Terhi Kinnunen; Editing by Angus MacSwan)