News 15 april — 10:15

Tough coalition talks after split poll

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The Social Democratic Party has won a narrow victory in Finland's general election with 17.7% of the vote, BBC reports.

But the far-right Finns Party was close behind on 17.5%, while the Centre Party of outgoing PM Juha Sipila saw its support crash by a third to 13.8%.

"For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland," said SDP leader Antti Rinne.

But with the vote split and no party winning by clear margin, it may be hard for him to build a workable coalition.

The Greens and the Left Alliance also increased their share of the vote.

It is the first time in more than a century that no party has won more than 20% of the vote.

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