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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's centre-right coalition government can continue operating without break-up following the split the nationalist Finns Party, Prime Minister Juha Sipila said on Tuesday.
"We have a new situation... the conclusion is that we can continue with... the same government programme and I will propose this to parliamentary groups this evening," Sipila told reporters.
Sipila had threatened to eject the Finns Party from his coalition after it picked a new hardline anti-immigrant leadership.
But earlier on Tuesday, the Finns Party split into two groups, with moderates including former leader Timo Soini forming a new parliamentary group called New Alternative.
Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell; Editing by Hugh Lawson