Sanna Marin, the first deputy chairperson of the Social Democrats, will continue to shoulder most of the workload of the indisposed chairperson of the opposition party, Antti Rinne. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

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SANNA Marin, the first deputy chairperson of the Social Democrats, will continue to deputise for the indisposed chairperson of the opposition party, Antti Rinne.

Ville Skinnari, the third deputy chairperson of the Social Democrats, told Uusi Suomi on Tuesday that the party leadership will not make a new decision on who should stand in for Rinne, who has announced he is likely to remain on sick leave until the end of February.

Rinne was hospitalised with pneumonia while on a holiday in Spain around New Year’s. He underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention after returning to Finland on Friday, 11 January – an operation, he says, he should have had already in Spain.

“My recovery will take longer than initially estimated. The reason for my prolonged illness was only discovered in Finland,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday, 21 January.

Marin, Skinnari and Maarit Feldt-Ranta, the second deputy chairperson of the opposition party, will share leadership duties in the absence of Rinne, according to Skinnari. “The party leadership is a collective,” he said.

The Social Democrats, he added, is hoping Rinne will be able to resume his duties as soon as possible. “But you can’t work more than your health allows,” underlined Skinnari.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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