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Greens' Haavisto to run for president

Greens MP Pekka Haavisto announced his bid on Yle's morning programme on Saturday. Haavisto last ran against the incumbent President Niinistö in 2012.

Pekka Haavisto.
Pekka Olavi Haavisto, Green League MP and presidential candidate-to-be. Image: Petteri Paalasmaa / AOP

Green Party MP and long-time politician Pekka Haavisto has announced that he will be in the running for the Finnish presidency in 2018.

Haavisto spoke on Yle's TV1 morning programme, saying his decision to run for head of state stems from a need to discuss global values and issues.

"It is important that the presidential election acts as a sounding board for Finland's future and security," he said.

The Greens party delegation will discuss Haavisto's run on Sunday in Lohja.

Haavisto is an MP for the Helsinki district and has held positions such as Minister of the Environment and Minister for International Development. He is also a veteran of a number of appointments within the United Nations.

Pekka Haavisto last ran for president in 2012, gaining more than 1 million votes (37.4 percent) but ultimately coming second after Sauli Niinistö.

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