Finland’s second-largest opposition party, the Greens, have re-elected Ville Niinistö for a third and final term as chair.
Niinistö served as environment minister from 2011 until last autumn. In September, his party quit the government to protest the approval of a revised permit for the Fennovoima nuclear power plant
Niinistö, who has led the party since 2011, ran unopposed. According to the Finnish Greens’ practice, no-one serves as chair for more than three terms.
The 38-year-old political historian is a nephew of President Sauli Niinistö.
The Greens are meeting in the northern city of Oulu until Sunday. On Saturday they are to choose a party secretary and leader of the party’s 15 Members of Parliament.
A poll released this week showed the Greens as the only party to significantly gain popularity since the April election besides Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Centre, with the support of 10.5 percent of eligible voters.