Maria Ohisalo is set to take over the reins of the Green League in mid-June. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)


MARIA OHISALO, a 34-year-old first-term Member of the Finnish Parliament from Helsinki, is set to become the next chairperson of the Green League.

The Green League on Sunday revealed that Ohisalo was the only party member to throw her hat into the ring by the filing deadline and that, as a result, no vote will be taken on the leadership at its party conference in Pori on 16 June.

Ohisalo received almost 12,000 votes in the parliamentary elections held in Finland in April, ranking second among her party comrades behind the interim chairperson, ex-minister and two-time presidential candidate, Pekka Haavisto. She ran for the leadership also two years ago but was beaten by Touko Aalto, who lost his seat in the Finnish Parliament in April.

She has served as a deputy chairperson of the Greens since 2015.

Ohisalo on Sunday said her focus remains firmly on the ongoing coalition formation negotiations.

“My eyes are set firmly on the coalition formation talks and on winning the European elections. The party conference comes after that. I’m privileged to be able to shape a new direction for Finland at the House of the Estates in the coming weeks. Towards an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable Finland,” she commented on Twitter.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi