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Mon, 06 Jan, 2014 03:56:15 AM
FTimes-STT Report, January 6
 
 
File picture of SDP Chairman Jutta Urpilainen speaks at the meeting of the National Executive Salo 30 November 2013. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
District-level leaders of the Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (social democratic party of Finland), the second largest component of the six-party alliance ruling alliance, have welcomed competition in party leadership.
 
SDP may conduct elections when the party convenes in spring and there is possibility that the leadership will be challenged. The post of the chairman is currently held by Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen.
 
“A working and real democracy can never be afraid of challengers. It is good that the support for the chairman is ascertained,” said Neeta Röppänen of the Savo-Karelia District adding that the challenger must also be up to the task.
 
Antti Rinne, chairman of the Pro trade union, said in a newspaper interview he would confirm at the end of January if he would contest for the post of the party chairman.
 
The views of district-level leaders concerning the possible vying of Antti Rinne differed greatly, according to an STT interview with six district-level leaders.
 
The leaders of Pirkanmaa and Savo-karelia Districts for example, said the trade union leader would be competent while Vaasa and Häme District leaders were cautious.
 
Apart from Rinne, the six district-level leaders were not aware of any other candidate that was likely to challenge the incumbent.
 
 
 
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