The Centre Party has confirmed the candidacy of Matti Vanhanen, a former Prime Minister of Finland, in the next presidential elections after its party government received no other nominations by the deadline of 11 May, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
The party government has consequently decided that no primary elections will be necessary to select the candidate.
- Soini won't run in next presidential elections (17 April, 2016)
- Vanhanen calls for closer co-operation between Finland and Sweden (04 February, 2016)
Vanhanen, the chairperson of the Centre Parliamentary Group, will be officially nominated as a presidential candidate in the party conference of the Centre Party in Seinäjoki in June. No other party has yet to nominate a candidate for the elections scheduled to take place on 28 January 2018.
President Sauli Niinistö has similarly yet to announce whether or not he will seek re-election for a second term in office.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva