For The First Time In 50 Years, Finland Has A Right Wing President

Sauli Niinisto Finland

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Sauli Niinisto, leader of the National Coalition Party and a former finance minister, has taken the Finnish President spot with 63 per cent of the vote, the Telegraph reports.He will be the first leader from Finland’s right wing since 1956, and the first from outside of the centre-left Social Democrats for 30 years.

He trounced his main rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Green Party, who had only 37% of the vote.

While the President is a largely ceremonial role in Finland, Sauli Niinisto is still an interesting choice. The BBC notes that Niinisto was the man who led Finland into the Euro in 2002, and the Helsingin Sanomat describes him as “basically an economist whose basic philosophy states that finances that are entrusted into one’s care need to be handled more meticulously than one’s own – be it the economy of a small town, a country, or Parliament”.

His personal life has also received attention: his wife was killed in a tragic car accident in 1994, just as he entered politics, leaving him a single parent.

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