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Antti Samuli Kaikkonen (born 14 February 1974 in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish politician of the Centre party. He has been a member of the Finnish Parliament from Uusimaa since 2003. Kaikkonen was the president of Finnish Centre Youth from 1997 to 2001. He has also been a member of Finnish Delegation to the Council of Europe since 2004.[1]

Antti Kaikkonen
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Antti Kaikkonen in 2009.
Minister of Defence
Assumed office
6 June 2019
Prime MinisterAntti Rinne
Preceded byJussi Niinistö
Member of Finnish Parliament for Uusimaa
Assumed office
2003
Personal details
Born
Antti Samuli Kaikkonen

(1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 45)
Turku, Finland
Political partyCentre Party
OccupationPolitician

On 21 June 2016, Kaikkonen was chosen as the chairman of the Centre Party's parliamentary group.[2]

By 2019, Kaikkonen was parliamentary head of the coalition-leading Centre Party. Amidst the Oulu child sexual exploitation scandal, he called for all party heads in Parliament to meet, and declared “everyone who comes to Finland has to follow the local laws.”[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Antti Kaikkonen". Parliament of Finland. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Antti Kaikkonen valittiin keskustan eduskuntaryhmän johtoon". Helsingin Sanomat. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  3. ^ Tarmo Virki (13 January 2019). "Sex abuse cases color immigration debate before Finnish election". Reuters. Retrieved 31 January 2019. Antti Kaikkonen, parliamentary head of the coalition-leading Centre Party, called for a meeting of all the parliamentary party heads, tweeting: “Everyone who comes to Finland has to follow the local laws.”