The SPP re-elects Henriksson; Ohisalo returns to the Greens’ conference

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson was unanimously re-elected leader of the Swedish People’s Party (SPP) on Sunday in Turku. Henriksson, who has led the party since 2016, ran without opposition.

"We have repeatedly shown that we in Finland are the driving force behind the equal value of the people, all equal rights and freedoms and the democratic ," Henriksson told the delegates and promised to lead the SPP to the next Finnish .

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Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SPP)Silja Viitala /

In addition to the Pekka Haavisto (Green), he is a long-serving minister in the current government, having served as Minister of Justice in four governments since 2011. In February, Henriksson announced a major overhaul of sexual offense legislation that he has focused on for years.

The moderate SPP is the smallest of the five parties in the of the center-left center-left coalition Sanna (SDP).

The party has two ministers in the 19-member government and the Swedish parliamentary group has 10 seats in the 200-seat parliament. It primarily represents the interests of Finland’s 5.2 per cent Swedish-speaking minority.

Ohisalo: Double funding for nature conservation

Another junior government partner, the Greens, also held a party meeting this weekend. The Greens, which have three ministers in the government and 20 seats in parliament, gathered in Joensuu, Eastern Finland.

The party has lost support in opinion polls, especially since the MP He started as the party’s interim leader in November. Suomela, who is not a minister, has been the former deputy minister of the interior Maria Ohisalowho has been on .

In Yle’s recent party support poll, the Greens dropped to sixth place after their with their governing partner, the Left Alliance, after 2014.

Ohisalo spoke at the conference on Sunday. He will return to work in early June and take over the environment and climate portfolio.

He said the Greens are working to double funding for nature conservation in the next parliamentary term and raise the employment rate to 80 per cent by 2030.

Iiris Suomela, Maria Ohisalo, Krista Mikkonen and Jani Saikko in Joensuu at the Green Party Conference
Iiris Suomela, Maria Ohisalo and Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen at a meeting of the Greens in Joensuu.Jorma Vihtonen / General

According to Ohisalo, combating the climate crisis and biodiversity loss must be at the heart of all policy.

"We have recently talked a lot about Finland’s security through foreign and security policy. Security means much more than security against an armed threat. It means that the earth will remain viable for future generations," he told representatives.

The Greens approved their action plan ahead of next spring’s parliamentary elections.

In addition to familiar environmental themes, the commissioners voted in favor of last year’s proposal to legalize the use, possession, manufacture and sale of cannabis in Finland. The virtual meeting in September decided to support such legalization by a vote of 183-181.

By a large majority, the party convention also called for the sale of wine in grocery stores. The Greens want to raise the limit for alcohol products to 15.5 percent, allowing wine to be retailed outside the state’s Alko.

The controversial proposal to eliminate double pay for Sunday work was rejected.

Source: The Nordic Page

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