Former Left Alliance leader announces election bid

Paavo Arhinmäki says his passion for politics has not dimmed, and he hopes for re-election to parliament next year.

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File picture of Left Alliance politician Paavo Arhinmäki / Credit: Arhinmäki's website

The former leader of the Left Alliance political party Paavo Arhinmäki has announced that he intends to stand for re-election at the next general election which is due in spring 2019.

Arhinmäki, 41, served as party leader from 2009 to 2016, and was Minister of Culture and Sport for three years in Jyrki Katainen‘s cabinet. He also stood as the party’s candidate in the 2012 presidential elections and finished sixth out of eight candidates, with 5.4% of the popular vote.

“I was thinking a lot during the summer and early autumn about being a candidate in the spring parliamentary elections. The fire for politics has not faded, on the contrary, the current government has regrettably increased the heat” writes Arhinmäki.

The politician notes that the Left Alliance’s Helsinki list, where he will stand, looks strong and the party has the chance to elect three MPs from the capital region.

“To be one of those MPs, I need your support” he says.