Finnish Politics

Finland: Political parties chose their presidential candidates, only one actually puts Finland first…….

That would be Laura Huhtasaari…


The heads on favorite is of course the sitting president Sauli Niinistö, who’s not only anti-Trump, but buys into the Leftist clap trap that American exceptionalism is a myth. The only one I see fit for the office however, is Laura Huhtasaari, who definitely puts the country first, there’s no question about it.


Sauli Niinistö joins challengers in first presidential campaign event

The Finnish presidential election campaign kicks off on Monday evening as nearly all the candidates take part in a debate at Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall.

President Sauli Niinistö is taking part in a candidates’ event for the first time in the run-up to next January’s election. Niinistö, who is seeking a second six-year term, has consistently emerged as the strong favourite in public opinion polls.


The Presidential Forum at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki is hosted by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA).


All the candidates are taking part except Member of the European Parliament Merja Kyllönen of the Left Alliance.


Besides Niinistö, the participants are Social Democratic Party’s Tuula Haatainen, the Greens’ Pekka Haavisto, the Finns Party’s Laura Huhtasaari, the Swedish People’s Party’s Nils Torvalds and the Centre’s Matti Vanhanen.


First-round victory?


In the last election in 2012, Haavisto lost to Niinistö in the second round. A candidate can win outright by attaining more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round. Polls suggest Haavisto is again the second-most popular candidate.


Last time Niinistö ran on the conservative National Coalition Party ticket, but this time is running as an independent with the backing of the NCP.


Advance voting for the first round takes place Jan. 17-23 and for Finns abroad Jan. 17-20, 2018. Election Day proper is Jan. 28. If a second round is necessary, it will take place on Feb. 11.



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