Antti Rinne back from health scare: ‘I’m ready to be Prime Minister’

The Social Democrat leader received the all-clear from his doctor earlier this week.

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File picture of Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne / Credit: SDP

The chairman of the Social Democrats Antti Rinne is back at work today, after a long period of sick leave.

Rinne and his wife first fell ill during a New Year holiday to Spain. They were treated locally, but doctors told the 56-year old politician he couldn’t fly back to Finland until the end of January.

However, he picked up an infection while in Spain and that kept him off work during February as well.

Today he met colleagues and party members in parliament, and told MTV Uutiset that he was feeling well.

“I have no limitations to my job at the moment. I have to listen to my own body and I’m sure I will be able to work as a member of parliament, and in the future Prime Minister’s job if the citizens allow” he said in an interview with the broadcaster.

During Rinne’s sick leave one of his deputies Sanna Marin has been most visible filling in at election debate panels and party campaign events.

Rinne’s absence doesn’t seem to have done too much damage to the party’s election fortunes, they’ve been at the top of opinion polls for many months.

“We need a change in politics, not just the victory in elections and I will work hard and humble in front of the people” he said in parliament this morning.