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Finland's PM Katainen says he will resign in June

Published 05/04/2014 | 20:01

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Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and his Irish counterpart Prime Minister Enda Kenny, left, gestures during their meeting at Finland's Prime Minister's official residence Kesaranta in Helsinki, Finland, Friday June 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Trond H. Trosdahl, Lehtikuva) FINLAND OUT
Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen announced on Saturday that he was stepping down in June.

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Katainen told a news conference that he would not run for a new term as a chairman of his conservative National Coalition party at its congress in June, which means he will no longer be prime minister.

Katainen, who has led his party for 10 years, and the quarrelsome six-party coalition government since 2011, said he would not run for the EU parliament in May or the Finnish parliament next year either.

Instead, he said he was interested in international tasks.

"For example, membership of the (European) Commission or special duties ... outside the commission - I am interested in them," Katainen told a party rally.

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