Finnish PM says government could collapse on Friday

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 05, 2015 2:43 PM

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his center-right government could collapse unless the coalition agrees on health care reform by Friday morning.

"It is very likely that I will go to meet the president tomorrow," Sipila told a news conference, referring to a government breakdown.

He said that if that happened, he would prefer not to have snap elections but to form a new government from the current parliament.

The reform is a key part of the government's plan to balance public finances. It aims to cut healthcare costs by 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) over the long term.

(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; editing by Andrew Roche)