President Sauli Niinistö will announce whether he will run for a second term as president later this spring. Niinistö and his partner Jenni Haukio are currently in Kuopio on a tour around all of Finland’s counties.
Niinistö stated he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, President Tarja Halonen. Halonen announced her plans for running for a second term in May 2005.
Current world events will have an impact on Finland and require action, President Niinistö says.
”A lame duck situation or a president busy with an election campaign would not be ideal. That’s why it’s good to have a few meetings first before announcing anything,” he continues.
The presidential elections will be held on 28 January 2018.