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Mon, 20 Jan, 2014 04:15:52 AM
FTimes-STT Report, January 20
 
Trade Union Pro chairman Antti Rinne. Photo - Lehtikuva.
The leader of trade union Pro, Antti Rinne, is likely to contest for the post of the chair of Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party-SDP) against incumbent Chairperson Jutta Urpilainen, party sources have said.
 
Urpilainen, also the Minister of Finance of the six-party alliance government, has been leading the party since 2008.
 
In 2002, the present Foreign Affairs Minister Erkki Tuomioja challenged former prime minister and long-time Social Democratic Party stalwart Paavo Lipponen, but failed to win.
 
Lipponen, a veteran party leader, held the post for many years after defeating Tuomioja by a huge margin. Lipponen retired from the party chairmanship in 2005 and was succeeded by Eero Heinäluoma.
 
Heinäluoma led the party for three years until his resignation, following dismal performance of the SDP in the 2007 parliamentary elections.
 
The seat of the party leader was again contested in 2008, when the then 32-year-old Jutta Urpilainen defeated Tuomioja to be chosen as the new party leader.
 
Urpilainen leadership as the party head has stayed unchallenged until now.
 
 
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