BackgroundSauli Väinämö Niinisto, Conservative Party
Age: 63 years.
Family: Married to the National Coalition of Communications Jenni Haukio. Have two sons.
Education: LL.M., Attorney at Law.
• Member of Parliament 1987 -2003 and 2007-2011.
• Party Leader 1994-2001. Deputy Director of the European Investment Bank, 2003-2006. Minister of Justice 1995-1996. Minister of Finance 1996-2003.
• Speaker of the Finnish Parliament 2007-2011.
Finland Elects new president - Niinisto
Sunday, 05 February 2012
Sauli Väinämö Niinisto for the Finnish, Conservative Party becomes Finland's next president after receiving 65.5 percent of the advance votes against his opponent, Pekka Haavisto’s 34.5 percent who accepted defeated just before 20 hours Swedish time.
The choice was not a horror film, instead it showed what was already felt in the on a large scale and his stronghold and leadership of the conservative National Coalition Party.
His challenger of the Greens' Pekka Haavisto, just before 20 hours Swedish time, congratulated him on his victory and the Finnish democracy is give one more green tick.
By the time the early votes were Niinisto had already collected 466 025 more votes than Haavisto and led with 65.4 percent, according to Finnish press reports.
It should be noted that is second round of voting after voting two weeks ago eliminated among others the likes of far right leader of the True Finns party
At this moment, after 96 percent of the votes had been counted, the support for Niinistö stood clearly at 62.8 percent. Niinistö was also received congratulation from the current Finish President, Tarja Halonen live on a telelink.
Niinistö supports the EU and the euro policy, something which some of his opponents shied away from. This made Finland to put it straight that they are still in the concert of Europe. But this could also lead to some trouble in the future where six party coalition government stands where the Social Democrats and Left Alliance are not nearly as EU-positive as Niinistö and the Prime Minister.
Six years ago when Niinistö lost to Tarja Halonen - which he now succeeds, it was though that his political career was over. A year later, Niinisto brilliant comeback in parliament as President.
His popularity has sometimes been considered remarkable, given his track as "iron accountant" from his time as finance minister. And he said to not always be in the same half of the field as the party he once was the leader, conservative National Coalition Party - not least when he refused to stand in presidential elections in 2000 - a disaster for the party.
By Scancomark.se Team
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