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Laura Huhtasaari named as Finns Party presidential candidate

Evolution denialist Huhtasaari has been touted as the “embodiment of the Finns Party” by chair Jussi Halla-aho.

Laura Huhtasaari
Laura Huhtasaari is a former school teacher. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

The Finns Party council chose Member of Parliament Laura Huhtasaari as the party’s presidential candidate.

Huhtasaari was the only person to seek the candidacy. The decision to nominate Huhtasaari was unanimous.

Huhtasaari was named the party’s vice chair in the Finns Party convention this June, beating the establishment favourite, Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö.

Party chairman Jussi Halla-aho has backed Huhtasaari’s candidacy, calling her the embodiment of the Finns Party.

Huhtasaari is a vocal Eurosceptic, and has said the effects of immigration to Finland should be “positive or neutral”.

She is against gender neutral marriage, obligatory Swedish language instruction, and gay adoption rights. Huhtasaari also says she does not believe in evolution.

The first round of the presidential elections will be held in January.

Huhtasaari is up against sitting President Sauli Niinistö, Centre Party MP and former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, the Green League’s Pekka Haavisto, SDP’s Tuula Haatainen, Left Alliance MEP Merja Kyllönen, Swedish People’s Party MEP Nils Torvalds, and Paavo Väyrynen as a candidate of his own newly-formed Citizens' Party, which split off from the Centre.

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