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The World

March 17, 1987

Finnish Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa's Social Democrats kept a narrow edge over the conservative National Coalition Party in parliamentary elections. But the results showed a shift to the right, and conservative leader Ilkka Suominen said his party now deserves a top Cabinet post. Computer projections by state television indicate that Sorsa's party will have 56 seats in the 200-member Parliament, a net loss of one. National Coalition candidates are expected to win 53 seats, a gain of nine. The farmer-based Center Party and its traditional allies emerged holding the balance of power.

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