November 5, 2015 / 7:44 PM / 4 years ago

Finnish PM says government could collapse on Friday

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila arrives at an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Delmi Alvarez

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

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