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Policy Network - Opinion & Essays

Policy Network - Opinion & Essays | Finland | Scoop.it
As in Sweden, the Finnish left succumb to a social-liberal, centre-right catch-all party that has successfully claimed the middle-ground.

 

On Sunday 5 February, Finland got its 12th President. The conservative National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) candidate, Sauli Niinistö, was elected by a landslide of 62.4% against his Green Party opponent Pekka Haavisto in the second round of the presidential elections.

This election was a disaster for the social democratic candidate, former prime minister Paavo Lipponen, who got only 6.7% of the total vote in the first round run-off. Even the total combined support of the Finnish traditional left, the Social Democrats and the successor party of the once-strong Communists, the Left Alliance, would not have carried a candidate to the second round...

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Haavisto sees good even in defeat

Haavisto sees good even in defeat | Finland | Scoop.it

Defeated Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto said Sunday evening that two new phenomena were seen during the presidential election. Social media played a major role and young people got involved.

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Former finance minister wins Finland’s presidential election; first conservative in 5 decades

Former finance minister wins Finland’s presidential election; first conservative in 5 decades | Finland | Scoop.it

The 63-year-old Niinisto will be the first president from the conservative National Coalition Party since 1956, and the first in 30 years from a party other than the center-left Social Democrats. He will replace Tarja Halonen, Finland’s only female head of state and one of its most popular leaders, who has served the maximum two six-year terms.

Sauli Niinisto took 63 percent of the votes, compared to 37 percent for his rival, Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto, official results showed with 100 percent of ballots counted.

 

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Gay and Green presidential contender battles to break the mould in Finland

Gay and Green presidential contender battles to break the mould in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Pekka Haavisto's party and sexuality make him a surprise qualifier for Sunday's runoff...

 

He's gay and Green – not the best of combinations for candidates seeking elected office in Finland. For 30 years, Finns have picked a Social Democrat to be their president. Green and gay candidates are still something of a novelty.

But Pekka Haavisto has experienced something of an Obama moment in the election. He caused a shock in last month's first round of voting by beating more established candidates from bigger parties to qualify for this weekend's runoff vote...

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Finland Could Have A Gay President! | PerezHilton.com

Finland Could Have A Gay President! | PerezHilton.com | Finland | Scoop.it

And it could be this guy!
Finland is currently having a presidential election and one of their candidates is Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto, who is openly gay.
He will go up against Sauli Niinistö in the election's second round, which occurs on February 5.
This is a huge step for equality - something that's not new to Finland. The country currently has a female president in office, Tarja Halonen.
We could certainly learn a thing or two about presidential candidates in the U.S….

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Finnish voters snub anti-euro far-right

Finnish voters snub anti-euro far-right | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's nationalist anti-immigration Finns Party suffered a heavy setback in this weekend's presidential election, as many of its anti-euro voters fled to the equally eurosceptic Centre Party, observers said Monday.
The Finns Party soared in popularity in last April's legislative elections, becoming the third-biggest political formation with 19 percent of votes as its vehemently anti-EU rhetoric drew voters away from the Centre Party, which struggled to convey its euro opposition.
But in Sunday's first round of presidential voting, the Finns Party candidate and leader, the charismatic and popular Timo Soini, managed to scrape up just 9.4 percent despite a campaign that focused heavily on Finland's role in the eurozone.

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Conservative Wins Finland Election, Runoff Needed - ABC News

Conservative Wins Finland Election, Runoff Needed - ABC News | Finland | Scoop.it

The conservative favorite easily won the first round of Finland's presidential election Sunday, setting up a runoff against an environmentalist leader who is the first openly gay candidate to run for head of state in the Nordic country.

 

"Pro-Europe policies and supporting the euro have received strong support from the people," Niinisto said.

The president has a largely ceremonial role and is not involved in daily politics, but is considered an important shaper of public opinion in the small Nordic country.

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Finns Pick Niinistoe in Presidential Vote

Finns Pick Niinistoe in Presidential Vote | Finland | Scoop.it
Sauli Niinistoe of the pro-Europe National Coalition Party won the first round of Finland’s presidential election, garnering 37 percent in a vote affirming Finns’ support for the bloc’s single currency.

 

Green League’s Pekka Haavisto came second with 18.8 percent of votes and the Center Party’s Paavo Vaeyrynen, who has campaigned against the euro, had 17.5 percent, as all ballots had been counted, according to the Justice Ministry’s election website. Turnout was 72.7 percent.
The outcome suggests Finns are turning their backs on politicians that have called for the country to sever ties with the euro region as it struggles to contain its debt crisis. The shift in sentiment comes less than a year after Timo Soini led his anti-euro “The Finns” party in a fourfold surge in the parliamentary election. Soini placed fourth in today’s vote with 9.4 percent. Niinistoe is a former banker and finance minister who took Finland into the euro in 1999.  http://bloom.bg/w26RFb

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Conservative wins Finland election, runoff needed - CBS News

Conservative wins Finland election, runoff needed - CBS News | Finland | Scoop.it

(AP) HELSINKI — The conservative favorite easily won the first round of Finland's presidential election Sunday, setting up a runoff against an environmentalist leader who is the first openly gay candidate to run for head of state in the Nordic country.

Sauli Niinisto, a former finance minister, won 37 percent of the vote, well ahead of the other candidates but short of the majority needed to avoid a second round, official preliminary results showed.

With all votes counted, Pekka Haavisto, of the Greens party, was second with 18.8 percent, securing his place in the Feb. 5 runoff.

The result means Finns will have two pro-European candidates to choose from in the second round, contrasting with the surge in euroskeptic sentiment in last year's parliamentary election.   http://t.co/EmGXX75W...) 

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Niinistö pledges no change in second round

Niinistö pledges no change in second round | Finland | Scoop.it

National Coalition candidate Sauli Niinistö said Sunday evening that the candidates' opinions have been aired and their styles of campaigning have been seen, and for his part, he intends to continue the same during the decisive second round.
According to Niinistö, around 45% of voters will now have to rethink a favourite candidate.
He said that what speaks on behalf of his candidacy is that he has been known to the voting public for a long time, and it is known what he thinks and how he acts.

Read more: http://bit.ly/yhldBl

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Presidential Election - Sauli Niinistö and Pekka Haavisto go through to run-off in February

Presidential Election - Sauli Niinistö and Pekka Haavisto go through to run-off in February | Finland | Scoop.it

With all the votes counted in the first round of Presidential Elections on Sunday, no candidate achieved the 50% support required for automatic election, but advance favourite Sauli Niinistö (National Coalition Party, 37.0%) and recent campaign phenomenon Pekka Haavisto (Greens, 18.8%) will take part in a second round run-off next month to determine who succeeds Tarja Halonen in the post of President of the Republic. 

 

The result means an end to a sequence of Finnish Social Democrat presidents dating back to Mauno Koivisto in 1982.
Before Koivisto's election, the office had been held for a quarter of a century by Urho Kekkonen, originally of the Agrarian League, the precursor of today's Centre Party.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/AhnGU6

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Presidential elections: Niinistö, Haavisto headed for second round

Presidential elections: Niinistö, Haavisto headed for second round | Finland | Scoop.it

With 100% of the votes counted, the election has shaped up as a first-round victory for National Coalition Party candidate, former finance minister Sauli Niinistö, who will face off against internationally minded Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto in the second round on February 5th.

 

Results with 100% of the vote counted
Sauli Niinistö (NCP) 37.0%

Pekka Haavisto (GREEN) 18.8%

Paavo Väyrynen (CEN) 17.5%

Timo Soini (FINNS) 9.4%

Paavo Lipponen (SDP) 6.7%

Paavo Arhinmäki (LA) 5.5%

Eva Biaudet (SPP) 2.7%

Sari Essayah (CD) 2.5%

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Finland’s Euro-Skeptics Gird for Voter Backlash

Less than a year after Timo Soini led his anti-euro “The Finns” party in a fourfold surge in Finland’s parliamentary election, voters are showing they won’t reward candidates running on a bailout-bashing agenda.

 

Polls show Soini may place fourth in the Jan. 22 presidential election, trailing Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s National Coalition candidate Sauli Niinistoe, a former banker and finance minister who led Finland into the euro in 1999.

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Heading to the polls in frigid weather!

Heading to the polls in frigid weather! | Finland | Scoop.it
Today is a flag day in Finland - Runeberg Day.  The flags are flying.  It is extremely cold.  And Finns are heading to the polls.
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Finland's former finance minister victorious in presidential election - CNN.com

Niinisto defeated the nation's first openly gay presidential candidate, Pekka Haavisto, with 62.6% of the vote compared to Haavisto's 37.4%.
Both were vying to succeed Tarja Halonen, Finland's first female president, who cannot run for re-election.
In the first round of voting on January 28, the conservative Niinisto took just under 37% of the vote.
Haavisto, a pro-European Green League candidate, got 18.8%, claiming the No. 2 spot and narrowly edging out euro-skeptic Paavo Vayrynen, who had 17.5%.
The winner of Sunday's vote between Niinisto and Haavisto will break a 30-year lock on the presidency by Halonen's Social Democrats.

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Finland votes in second round to elect new president

Finland votes in second round to elect new president | Finland | Scoop.it

Polling stations opened across Finland Sunday for the second round of presidential vote, with conservative Sauli Niinistoe widely expected to triumph over green liberal challenger Pekka Haavisto.
Voting began at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) and ends at at 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) with final results expected around 2000 GMT on Sunday.
The most recent public opinion poll, published Thursday, gave the National Coalition Party's Niinistoe 62 percent support against 38 percent for the Green League's Haavisto.

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Gay presidential candidate through first-round Finnish vote

Gay presidential candidate through first-round Finnish vote | Finland | Scoop.it
Pekka Haavisto, the openly gay candidate in Finland's presidential race, has come second in the first round of voting.

 

Haavisto, 53, is standing for the Green League. Receiving 18.8% of the vote, he finished behind Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition Party, with 37%.

The result means Haavisto, whose centrist party stands strongly on environmental issues, will face conservative Niinistö in a second vote on 5 February.

Currently, Europe has two gay prime ministers: Iceland’s Johanna Siguraardottir and Belgium’s Elio di Rupo.

There are currently no openly gay presidents.

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Pundit: Left's election result 'catastrophic'

Pundit: Left's election result 'catastrophic' | Finland | Scoop.it

The combined vote for Left Alliance leader Paavo Arhinmäki and Social Democrat candidate Paavo Lipponen in Sunday’s presidential election was historically low, at just 13.2 percent. The country will now elect its first non-Social Democrat president for thirty years.
YLE election pundit Risto Uimonen argued that the left’s combined result was catastrophic. He said the lack of trade union support hindered efforts to get out traditional left-wing voters.
“SAK (blue collar trade union confederation) support was decisive for Martti Ahtisaari and Tarja Halonen,” said Uimonen, recalling Finland’s last two presidents. They are both Social Democrats, as is Mauno Koivisto, Ahtisaari’s predecessor.

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Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Gay Presidential Candidate, To Face Off With Former Finance Minister In Race

Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Gay Presidential Candidate, To Face Off With Former Finance Minister In Race | Finland | Scoop.it

The 53-year-old former environment minister has held several positions in EU and U.N. operations helping to solve crises in Sudan, Darfur and the Middle East.

"He's extremely cultured and civilized. We need a member of a new, educated generation who hasn't been corrupted by politics," said Laila Halme, a retired graphic artist, as she walked her dog through thick snow to vote in a Helsinki suburb.

Haavisto was overjoyed at making the second round, saying "the enthusiasm has been overwhelming and that will give us a good boost."

Political analyst Olavi Borg says Haavisto has little chance to beat Niinisto in a runoff. Large segments of Finnish voters will find it difficult to back a gay candidate, Borg said. Haavisto has been living in a registered partnership with another man for 10 years...

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Factbox: Key facts about Finland | The Presidency

Factbox: Key facts about Finland | The Presidency | Finland | Scoop.it
Factbox: Key facts about Finland http://t.co/HZEq5bQM  ...

 

(Reuters) – Pro-euro candidate Sauli Niinisto won the first round of Finland’s presidential election on Sunday with 37 percent of the vote and faces a February 5 run-off with another pro-euro candidate, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens Party, who got about 19 percent.
Here are some facts about Finland...

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Pro-euro candidate leads Finland presidential vote - CNN.com

Pro-euro candidate leads Finland presidential vote - CNN.com | Finland | Scoop.it

CNN) -- Two pro-euro candidates appeared headed for a February runoff in Finland's presidential race after a first round of voting Sunday, according to complete results.
With all boxes reporting, conservative former Finance Minister Sauli Niinisto had a solid lead with just under 37% percent of the vote. Meanwhile, pro-European Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto passed euro-skeptic Paavo Vayrynen to claim the No. 2 spot, with 18.8% over Vayrynen's 17.5%. Vayrynen had been running second in earlier returns.


Niinisto and Haavisto -- Finland's first openly gay presidential candidate, according to Finnish media -- are vying to succeed Tarja Halonen, Finland's first female president. Halonen has has reached her two-term limit after beating back a challenge from Niinisto, of the conservative National Coalition Party, in 2006.

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Haavisto: The deck will be reshuffled

Haavisto: The deck will be reshuffled | Finland | Scoop.it

Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto said Sunday evening that the deck will be reshuffled for the second round in the presidential election, as supporters of the candidates now out of the race regroup behind one of the two remaining hopefuls.
Haavisto believes that Finns want an empathetic president, who will not only do the job but also understand the people's problems. He also said he believes that his campaign should continue as it has up till now.
"It's not worth starting with any amazing tricks," said Haavisto.

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Pro-euro candidate wins first round of Finnish vote

Pro-euro candidate wins first round of Finnish vote | Finland | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Pro-euro candidate Sauli Niinisto won the first round of Finland's presidential election on Sunday, signaling voters want to keep cooperating with the European Union despite their frustration over bailouts for debt-ridden member states.

 

The former finance minister got 37 percent of the vote. He faces a February 5 run-off with another pro-euro candidate, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens Party, who got about 19 percent.

Anti-euro candidates Paavo Vayrynen and Timo Soini dropped out of the race after the final tally.

While the president has little executive power beyond military and diplomatic affairs, it is a high-profile post and the strength of the pro-euro vote will ease pressure on the government to take a hard line against Brussels. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/22/us-finland-idUSTRE80L0W020120122

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Presidential Elections GENERAL INFORMATION

Presidential Elections   GENERAL INFORMATION | Finland | Scoop.it

Procedure for the election of the President of the Republic:

 

According to the Finnish Constitution the President of the Republic is elected by a direct vote for a term of six years. The President shall be a native-born Finnish citizen. The same person may be elected President for no more than two consecutive terms of office...

 

Duties of the President:

 

The duties of the President of the Republic are mainly related to foreign policy. The foreign policy of Finland is directed by the President of the Republic in co-operation with the Government...

 

Read more: http://www.vaalit.fi/15505.htm and updated for 2012  http://www.vaalit.fi/uploads/do99pw6n3m6dz_1.pdf 

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President election results - Commodore64-style

President election results  -  Commodore64-style | Finland | Scoop.it

This is a FUN way to demonstrate the results of the presidential election in Finland.

Click: http://beta.yle.fi/pressanvaalit_2012/

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