The Finnish Centre Party (Keskusta) held its 78th party congress on 4-5 September, this time online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One of the key agenda points was the election of a new party leadership.
Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko was elected with 51% of the vote to lead the party, against 34% received by the incumbent party leader Katri Kulmuni. The new deputy leaders are Petri Honkonen, Markus Lohi and Riikka Pakarinen. Riikka Pirkkalainen continues as the Secretary General.
“The trust I have been shown feels good and also comes with responsibility. The Centre Party will be successful only when it works together,” Saarikko said moments after her election, mentioning that securing health, creating jobs and fighting inequalities are among the key priorities of the current government.
During the congress, the party also presented and approved its forward-looking plan ‘Keskusta 2030’, which focuses on two key pillars: sharpening the party’s vision and mission statement, and drafting policies for the post-COVID-19 Finland. More information about the 2030 plan here (in Finnish)
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