Retained and revived – Finland’s parliament has re-elected Matti Vanhanen as Prime Minister as the new Finnish government was announced.
In a coalition of 20 members, Vanhanen – Centre Party chairman – is joined by seven of his compatriots, along with eight members of the conservative National Coalition Party – as the government takes a slight shift to the right.
The 52 year old easily defended his position and was delighted to gain another term.
“It is always easier to be elected but very difficult to be re-elected and of course I am very glad and I am looking forward to the next four years.”
Chairman of the National Coalition Party, Jyrki Katainen was elected as finance minister, with fellow party member Ilkka Kanerva becoming the new Foreign Minister.