Ministerial shuffle for Social Democrats and Centre Party

After ten days of political turmoil, the main two parties in government are making some changes to job portfolios moving forward.

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New Social Democrat ministerial team, Helsinki 8th December 2019 / Credit: Demarit

The two largest parties in government have shuffled around their ministerial teams.

It comes after ten days of political upheaval which saw Antti Rinne (SDP) step down as prime minister when the Centre Party said they had lost confidence in their coalition partner.

While all five parties in the coalition government want to stick together and continue with the government programme they agreed in spring, there will now be some changes to the ministerial portfolios for the two largest parties.

In the Centre Party – with five ministers – leader Katri Kulmuni becomes Minister of Finance, while Mika Lintilä becomes Minister of Economic Affairs – they’ve basically just done a job swap.

The three other Centre Party ministers keep the jobs they had previously.

The Social Democrats, with seven ministers, have had a more extensive shuffle.

Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen adds corporate governance to her portfolio; Sirpa Paatero who was forced to resign and go on sick leave just last week after her role in the damaging postal workers strike makes a remarkable political (and personal) recovery to become Minister of Municipalities.

Timo Harakka moves from Minister of Labour to becoming the new Minister of Transport and Communications; while Parliament Deputy Speaker Tuula Haatainen – a former SDP presidential candidate – becomes Minister of Labour.

There’s no change for Krista Kiuru as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, or for Ville Skinnari as Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade.

The changes will become formal later this week when President Sauli Niinistö appoints the new government. That is expected to happen by Wednesday at the latest.