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Mari Kiviniemi
41st Prime Meenister o Finland
In office
22 Juin 2010 – 22 Juin 2011
PresesTarja Halonen
DeputeJyrki Katainen
Precedit biMatti Vanhanen
Succeedit biJyrki Katainen
Meenister for Local Govrenment
In office
19 Aprile 2007 – 22 Juin 2010
PresesTarja Halonen
Prime MeenisterMatti Vanhanen
Precedit biPosition Establisht
Succeedit biTapani Tölli
Meenister for Trade an Development
In office
3 September 2005 – 2 Mairch 2006
PresesTarja Halonen
Prime MeenisterMatti Vanhanen
Precedit biPaula Lehtomäki
Succeedit biPaula Lehtomäki
Personal details
Born27 September 1968
Seinäjoki, Finland
Poleetical pairtyCentre Pairty
Spoose(s)Juha Louhivuori
Alma materUniversity o Helsinki

Mari Johanna Kiviniemi (born 27 September 1968) is a Finnish politeecian, who servit as the seicont female Prime Meenister o Finland.

Life an career

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Kiviniemi wis born in Seinäjoki, Finland. She grew up in rural Soothren Ostrobothnie, the dochter o a chicken fermer, an went tae schuil in Jalasjärvi. As a teenager durin heich schuil, she spent a year as an exchynge student in Germany. She enrolled in the University o Helsinki in 1988 tae study economics an marriet Juha Mikael Louhivuori, a businessman, in 1996. They hae twa childer, Hanna an Antti. In addition tae her native Finnish, she speaks Swadish, German an Inglis.[1]

She leets her hobbies as listenin tae classical muisic (she plays the piano an flute), runnin, skiin an in-line roller bladin. The family haes a simmer cottage on lake Vanajavesi.

Kiviniemi is a career politeecian, an first ran as a candidate for Member o Parliament in 1991, garnerin less nor 5,000 votes, while servin as the Secretary General o the Centre Pairty Student Union.[2] The year efter completin the wirk for her Maister's degree in Social Sciences, she ran again in the 1995 general elections, this time winnin a seat frae the Soothren Ostrobothnie destrict wi 9,350 votes.

Kiviniemi is an' a' a member o the Helsinki ceety cooncil, in addition tae her wirk in naitional politics. She haes been on the ceety cooncil syne 2005.

Leader o Centre Party

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In 2003, Kiviniemi wis electit tae a leadership position athin the Centre Pairty, servin as vice-chairman (ane o three) till Juin 2008, when she wis votit aff at that simmer's party convention. She became a special advisor tae Prime Meenister Matti Vanhanen in 2004, an wis twice appointit bi him to serve as a Cabinet minister: first in September 2005 on a temporary basis when the incumbent went on maternity leave for sax month; an then on a full-time basis in Aprile 2007.

On 22 Januar 2010, ane month efter Prime Meenister Vanhanen annoonced he wad be steppin doun as leader (chair) o the Centre Pairty at its Juin 2010 convention, Kiviniemi annoonced her candidacy for the vacancy. Her campaign wis formally launched in Aprile.[3]

Delegates tae the Centre Pairty Convention met in Lahti tae elect a new leader on 12 Juin 2010.[4] Kiviniemi wan the seicont-roond run-aff, defeatin Mauri Pekkarinen bi a vote o 1,357 tae 1,035.[5] Prime Meenister Vanhanen met wi Preses Tarja Halonen on Friday 18 Juin an asked her for permission tae resign as Prime Meenister. Kiviniemi's new post wis approved bi Parliament on 22 Juin 2010, wi a vote o 115 in favour, 56 against an 29 MPs abstainin or absent.[6] Her election made her Finland's seicont female prime meenister, efter Anneli Jäätteenmäki in 2003.


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  1. "Mari Kiviniemi". www.marikiviniemi.net (in Finnish). 13 Juin 2010. Archived frae the original on 26 Juin 2010. Retrieved 23 Juin 2010.
  2. "Mari Kiviniemi / Finnish Centre Party". www.eduskunta.fi. Retrieved 23 Juin 2010.
  3. "Mauri Pekkarinen Enters Race for Centre Party Leadership". Helsingin Sanomat. 26 Februar 2010. Archived frae the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 5 Juin 2010.
  4. "Poll: Kiviniemi Most Popular Candidate for Centre Party Leadership". Helsingin Sanomat. 2 Juin 2010. Archived frae the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 5 Juin 2010.
  5. "Marie Kiviniemi Wins Center Chair, Taking Over as PM". YLE. 12 Juin 2010. Retrieved 13 Juin 2010.
  6. Huuhtanen, Matti (22 Juin 2010). "Finnish lawmakers elect new prime minister". Associated Press. Retrieved 22 Juin 2010.[deid airtin]

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Poleetical offices
Precedit bi
Matti Vanhanen
Prime Meenister o Finland
Succeedit bi
Jyrki Katainen

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