HELSINKI, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen has announced that he will resign as chair of the National Coalition Party and head of the government in June, Finnish media reported on Sunday.
Katainen made the remarks on Saturday night at a party session, adding that he would compete for the post as Finland' s next EU commissioner in May, according to Finnish national broadcaster Yle.
"I've considered this very carefully and decided that I will not be available to continue as NCP chair after the party conference," Katainen was quoted as saying.
Finland's current European commissioner Olli Rehn is about to step down after the European elections in May.
Katainen has been the chair of the National Coalition Party for 10 years since 2004. He became the prime minister of the six-party coalition government in June 2011.