Finland's PM resigns, makes way for woman premier

Finnish PM Vanhanen tendered his resignation to President Tarja Halonen on Friday to end seven years in office and make way for the Nordic country's second woman premier.

Finland's PM resigns, makes way for woman premier

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen tendered his resignation to President Tarja Halonen on Friday to end seven years in office and make way for the Nordic country's second woman premier.

"The president has accepted the government's resignation and asked it to continue on a caretaker basis until the new government has been formed and the ministers appointed," the president's office said in a statement.

Vanhanen's successor, 41-year-old Mari Kiviniemi, will hold talks on the weekend with the four-party government coalition. Both Kiviniemi and her new government are expected to win parliamentary confidence votes next week.

Vanhanen and his four-party, centre-right coalition government are thus expected to remain in office until Tuesday, when parliament is due to elect a new prime minister.

Vanhanen, prime minister since 2003, said in December he would resign for health reasons, citing a leg operation that would require a lengthy convalescence.


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