"Prime Minister Sipilä will request to resign because the health care reform can not be accomplished during this government term", Kaikkonen tweeted.
"I take the responsibility for the failure". The government's plan involved a drastic re-organization of the way health care is administered at a local level - with control being transferred from today's 190 local authorities to 18 newly established counties - as well as a greater role for the private sector.
In a report by POLITICO, monitored by TUKO.co.ke, on Friday, March 8, the prime minister said his government's failure to implement a health care reform proposal during its current term had pushed him to make the move.
"Prime Minister Sipila will request his resignation because the health care reform can not be accomplished during this government term", Antti Kaikkonen wrote on Twitter.
Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila officially offered his government's resignation to the president on Friday morning and was accepted, the president's office said.
Sipila threw in the towel when it became clear the government would not be able to submit a proposal to parliament before the election set for April 14.
The Centre Party chair said that his coalition partners understood his reasons for proposing the government's resignation.
The planned health care reform was meant to tackle an aging population and reduce public spending by 3 billion euros ($3.4 billions) by 2029.
Sipala's three-party governing coalition held 123 out of 200 seats in parliament. He heads a coalition made up of his Centre Party, the conservative National Coalition and Blue Reform, another conservative grouping made up of defectors from the nationalist Finns Party.
Last year, the latter broke up into two parties after internal divisions over tighter immigration policies.