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Minister Kiuru set to return from parental leave

Krista Kiuru will return as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services on Thursday, according to Yle sources.

Krista Kiuru played a key role in Finland's handling of the Covid pandemic as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Social Democratic Party MP Krista Kiuru will return from parental leave on Thursday and resume her role as Finland's Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services.

Kiuru had been replaced during her maternity leave by her party colleague Aki Lindén, but Yle understands an agreement had been reached before Kiuru began her leave that she would resume in the role on her return.

Kiuru played a prominent role in Finland's handling of the Covid pandemic as the minister responsible for social services.

She began her maternity leave in February and gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in March.

According to Yle sources, Kiuru's return will not lead to the SDP rotating any ministerial positions.

In addition to her ministerial portfolio, Kiuru is also in the running to become mayor of her home city Pori.

She is in the final stages of the race alongside two other candidates, with Pori City Council expected to elect a new mayor on 14 November.

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