Li Andersson is to be appointed as the next chairperson of the Left Alliance after she picked up more than 60 per cent of the ballot in an indicative vote on Monday.Li Andersson has announced her intention to promote member democracy following her de-facto election as the chairperson of the Left Alliance.

“The Left Alliance must be a trailblazer in member democracy. Party politics must seek to develop ways for party members to participate directly in decision-making and direction-setting,” she states.

Her statement echoes the sentiments of Matti Apunen, the director of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA), Mikael Jungner, a former party secretary at the Social Democrats, and Taru Tujunen, a former party secretary at the National Coalition. Apunen, Jungner and Tujunen estimated in a recently published pamphlet that political parties should remove intermediaries between themselves and the public.

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Andersson will be officially appointed as the chairperson of the Left Alliance in Oulu on 12 June, after she picked up 61.85 per cent of the ballot in an indicative vote on Monday, prompting both of her rival candidates – Jari Myllykoski and Aino-Kaisa Pekonen – to withdraw from the leadership race.

“I'm delighted and humbled by the support given to me by our members. It provides me with the best possible foundation to assume my new, challenging responsibilities. It's great that the chairperson received the mandate directly from [party] members,” says Andersson.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi