Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has tendered the resignation of his government for failing to push through a social and health care reform.
Sipila will officially offer his government's resignation to the president today at 0800 GMT, the president's office said in a statement.
President of Finland Sauli Niinisto (L) and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, who announced his government's resignation, shake hands at the president's official residence, Mantyniemi, in Helsinki, Finland March 8, 2019.
The decision comes just weeks before parliamentary elections, scheduled on April 14. They resulted in the formation of a three-party government coalition between the "Finnish Centre", the National Coalition Party and the "True Finns".
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The prime minister had earlier vowed to resign with his government if the reform failed.
"If anyone asks what political responsibility means, then I would say this is an example of that", he added.
He said there was no other way out of the situation hence chose to take responsibility.
The Social Democrats have been leading opinion polls in the run-up to the election, with Sipila's Centre party trailing in third place at around 15 percent. "It has been a huge disappointment to me", Sipila told a news conference, according to public broadcaster YLE.
The reform tried to reorganize the welfare state amid an aging population and cut public spending by $3.4 billion in the next 10 years - an ambitious aim that many parties have tried and failed to achieve in the past. Sipila's center-right government resigned Friday after failing to push through a planned social and health reform.