Finland’s Prime Minister resigns after strike brings country to standstill

epa08041189 Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne leaves after addressing media at a press conference after handing in his letter of resignation to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland, 03 December 2019. The Finnish government is embroiled in a political crisis that has led to the Prime Minister's resignation just six months after begining of his term, after the Center Party withdrawed its support. The government has faced criticism because of its handling of the recent postal strike at state-owned Posti Group. EPA-EFE/PEKKA SIPOLA

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Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne stepped down Tuesday following a postal strike that brought parts of Finland to a standstill.

POLITICO reports that his resignation comes as Finland wraps up its six-month presidency of the Council of the EU, with Helsinki overseeing the bloc’s efforts to agree on a new long-term budget — negotiations that have just entered their toughest stage.


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