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EU-skeptic, populist Finnish party who opposes Greek bailout enters Cabinet for the 1st time

  • New Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, centre, Finance Minister Alexander Stubb, left  and Foreign Minister Timo Soini  his cabinet attend a press conference in Helsinki, Finland on Friday  May 29, 2015. Finland's new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. ( Antti Aimo-Koivisto/LEHTIKUVA via AP) FINLAND OUT

    New Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, centre, Finance Minister Alexander Stubb, left and Foreign Minister Timo Soini his cabinet attend a press conference in Helsinki, Finland on Friday May 29, 2015. Finland's new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. ( Antti Aimo-Koivisto/LEHTIKUVA via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • New Finnish Prime Minister, Centre Party's chairman Juha Sipila, left, and his government, Foreign Minister Timo Soini, center, and Finance Minister Alexander Stubb arrive at the Presidental Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, May 29, 2015 during a visit to the Presidential Palace. Finland's new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)    FINLAND OUT

    New Finnish Prime Minister, Centre Party's chairman Juha Sipila, left, and his government, Foreign Minister Timo Soini, center, and Finance Minister Alexander Stubb arrive at the Presidental Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, May 29, 2015 during a visit to the Presidential Palace. Finland's new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • New Finnish Prime Minister, Centre Party's chairman Juha Sipila, right, and his government walk to a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Finland's new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. On the left new Finance Minister Alexander Stubb and Foreing Minister Timo Soini. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP)    FINLAND OUT

    New Finnish Prime Minister, Centre Party's chairman Juha Sipila, right, and his government walk to a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, May 29, 2015. Finland's new three-party coalition government took office on Friday. On the left new Finance Minister Alexander Stubb and Foreing Minister Timo Soini. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

The populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party, known for its opposition to bailing out Greece and its political gaffes at home, has joined the Finnish government for the first time.

President Sauli Niinisto on Friday appointed the Nordic country's new center-right Cabinet, a three-party coalition made up of the Finns, the pro-EU Conservatives and the Center Party, whose leader Juha Sipila was named the new prime minister.

The Finns' maverick leader, Timo Soini, was named foreign minister and deputy prime minister, and the justice ministry went to the party's Jari Lindstrom, who has said the death penalty should be used in "some circumstances" in Finland.

Two other Finns members were handed responsibility for defense, social and health affairs.

The anti-immigration party was the second biggest in Finland's April election.