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Presidential elections in Finland – the first gay president?

Will he be the new president in 2 weeks...?

Sunday is not one of my favourite days – you can already feel the Monday approaching… So, it’s important to do nice things for yourself.

In the evening, we  (my boyfriend and an old friend visiting us from Stockholm) wanted to follow the counting of the votes of the first round of the Finnish presidential elections. So we went to a bar called Rotterdam and ordered some wine to make it easier… Long story short, if nobody gets more than 50% of the votes there will be a second round between the two most successful candidates in 2 weeks. And this is what happened – so the excitement continues…

The amazingly good (and quite surprising news!) for me and most of my friends was that Mr. Pekka Haavisto, the candidate of the quite small and not-so-significant Green Party (Vihreät) got to the second round.

Pekka is an excellent statesman, clever and considerate etc. but the interesting thing is that he also is openly gay, having an Ecuatorian boyfriend. It would be interesting to get the first gay president for Finland -yesyes, even if the sexual orientation does not matter AT ALL in the decision.

So let’s see what happens in 2 weeks, today the campaigning continues… The “enemy” of Pekka is the candidate of the more conservative National Coalition Party (Kokoomus), Mr. Sauli Niinistö – actually and luckily he happens to be an intelligent and nice guy too, so the situation is not that bad whatever happens…

Check out the article by Huffington Post “Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Gay Presidential Candidate, To Face Off With Former Finance Minister in Race”

And here’s an interview with Pekka in English on Youtube.

And there is plenty of more info on Internet on this, naturally! 🙂

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