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Mon, 13 Jun, 2016 12:02:11 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 13
 
Newly elected Kokoomus Chairman Petteri Orpo spoke at the party conference in Lappeenranta on Sunday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The new chair of the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), Petteri Orpo will soon evaluate the portfolios of the party’s ministers in the three-party alliance government.
 
The dockets of the finance and interior ministries will be changed as Orpo, who is the current interior minister, has already announced that he will take the finance portfolio.
 
The incumbent Finance Minister Alexander Stubb who lost the party chair to Orpo did not reveal his immediate future plans after the elections. 
 
Stubb said had not made yet any decision at this stage, adding that the party chair will choose his own team.
 
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka on Friday evening said she had supported Orpo for the position of the party chair.
 
“It is clear that my job as the foreign trade and development minister is extremely interesting. If I receive a call, I am absolutely ready to continue in this role,” Toivakka told the news agency STT.
 
The current Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen supported Stubb in the party chair contest. 
 
Grahn-Laasonen, however, did not want to speculate about the ministerial changes within the Kokoomus.
 
Other possible changes concern European Investment Bank Vice President Jan Vapaavuori and Paula Risikko. 
 
There has been a speculation that Vapaavuori would return home to take up the interior ministry docket, among other posts on the offer. 
 
However, on Saturday, Vapaavuori denied that he had discussed any position in this regard.
 
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Paula Risikko has strong ministerial experience. 
 
Risikko said she was really happy with her present work and that, if the new chair views that she would of benefit to the team then certainly she would answer the call.
 
The Kokoomus has four ministers in the 14-member cabinet of alliance government.
 
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