President Sauli Niinistö wants to continue working as president. Niinistö said at a press conference in Helsinki that he will be seeking a second term.
Niinistö, however, is not going to run from any party. He will become a candidate from an electoral association (valitsijayhdistys).
According to Niinistö, he has been considering the question of his candidacy for a long time.
- That was not easy. I love this country," - said Niinistö, explaining why he still decided to run for a second term.
According to Niinistö, he is interested to see how much support he will get among the population. He justified his decision to become a candidate from the electoral association by the fact that the president in Finland mostly stays far from party politics.
At the press conference, the question was raised that if Niinistö is re-elected, then at the end of the second term he would be 75 years old. As Niinistö says, he pondered this question himself.
- At this age sometimes you think that it would be good if there were not so many responsibilities and liabilities.
However, he added, that he did not have too many responsibilities and liabilities yet.
The presidential elections will be held early next year. Before Niinistö, candidates for president were nominated by three parties: Centrist candidate was parliamentarian, former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, a candidate from the Greens - MP Pekka Haavisto, a candidate from Left Alliance - MEP Merja Kyllönen .