Anne Elisabeth Holmlund (born 18 April 1964) is a Finnish politician and Minister of the Interior of Finland from 2007 to 2011. She was a Member of Parliament for the National Coalition Party from 2002 until 2015.

Anne Holmlund
Minister of the Interior[1]
In office
19 April 2007 – 22 June 2011
PresidentTarja Halonen
Prime MinisterMatti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded byOlli-Pekka Heinonen
Succeeded byPäivi Räsänen
Member of the Parliament of Finland
In office
2 February 2002 – 21 April 2015
Personal details
Anne Elisabeth Holmlund

(1964-04-18) 18 April 1964 (age 59)
Pori, Finland
Political partyNational Coalition Party
SpouseJarmo Peltomaa

Political career Edit

Holmlund has been a member of the city council of Ulvila since 1989, and the council chairman 2001-2002 and 2005–2007. She was a member of the kaupunginhallitus 1993-2000 and the vice-chairman 2003–2004. She has been a Member of Parliament for the National Coalition Party since 2002. On 19 April 2007 she was chosen to be Interior Minister in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet.[2]

After the Kauhajoki school shooting in September 2008 Holmlund came under considerable pressure from some members of parliament, particularly those in the Left Alliance,[3] to quit for failing to change legislation in order to prevent the shooting.[4] A similar event in Jokela had taken place barely a year earlier. Leading the call for her deposition was Anneli Lapintie; Tarja Filatov, parliamentary group leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) also questioned the government over what it had done since the Jokela incident.[5] Minister of Finance Jyrki Katainen issued his full support to Holmlund.[5] A survey by pollster Taloustutkimus for YLE showed that dissension towards Holmlund was not widespread: only a quarter of members from smaller parties felt she should step down, only 10% of SDP members (with 80% supporting her to stay on), and 90% of the government's partners wanted her to hold on to her ministry. Amongst the population, 82% felt she should continue.[3] Holmlund herself stated at a news conference that resignation "would be tantamount to desertion".[6]

Personal life Edit

Holmlund is married to Jarmo Peltomaa, and her father was Ilmari Holmlund, a known politician from Pori.[2]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Council of State - Ministers of Interior". Archived from the original on 2017-12-28. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Parliament of Finland - Anne Holmlund information page". Parliament of Finland. 2008-09-10. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  3. ^ a b "Majority of Finns Stand Behind Interior Minister Holmlund". YLE News. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  4. ^ "Finns face tough questions after killing spree". France 24. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  5. ^ a b "Calls for Interior Minister to resign; Katainen backs Holmlund". Helsingin Sanomat. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  6. ^ "Finnish interior minister says will not resign". Helsinki Times. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2009-02-10.[permanent dead link]

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