(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Amman, April 15 (Petra)-- Finland's Social Democrats party has won the general election by a thin margin, capturing two more seats than the nationalist Finns Party.
The opposition Social Democrats scored 17.7 percent, winning 40 seats in the 200-seat parliament, while their Eurosceptic Finns Party rivals were at 17.5 percent - 38 seats - after Sunday's election.
But Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne, 56, a former union boss, was expected to have the first shot at forming a government, with most party leaders having ruled out cooperation with the populist Finns.
"For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland ... SDP is the prime minister's party," Rinne told supporters and party members.
A first-place spot would put the Social Democrats at the head of the government for the first time in 16 years.