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Antti Juhani Rinne (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈɑntːi ˈjuhɑni ˈrinːe]) (born 3 November 1962) is a Finnish politician who has served as Prime Minister of Finland since June 2019 and Leader of the Social Democratic Party since 2014. He was Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland between 2014 and 2015 and has been a Member of Parliament since 2015.[1][2] In the 2019 parliamentary election, Rinne led the Social Democrats to victory and served as Speaker of Parliament before being appointed as Prime Minister on 6 June 2019.[3] On 3 December 2019, Rinne stated his intention to resign as Prime Minister, due to a postal strike and crisis in Finland. President Sauli Niinistö asked him to continue with a caretaker government until a new government is appointed.[4]

Antti Rinne
Antti Rinne.jpg
45th Prime Minister of Finland
In office
6 June 2019 – 10 December 2019
PresidentSauli Niinistö
DeputyMika Lintilä
Katri Kulmuni
Preceded byJuha Sipilä
Succeeded bySanna Marin
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
9 May 2014
Preceded byJutta Urpilainen
Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
In office
6 June 2014 – 29 May 2015
Prime MinisterJyrki Katainen
Alexander Stubb
Preceded byJutta Urpilainen
Succeeded byTimo Soini
Minister of Finance
In office
6 June 2014 – 29 May 2015
Prime MinisterJyrki Katainen
Alexander Stubb
Preceded byJutta Urpilainen
Succeeded byAlexander Stubb
Personal details
Born (1962-11-03) 3 November 1962 (age 57)
Helsinki, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic
Spouse(s)Heta Ravolainen
EducationUniversity of Helsinki

A lawyer by profession, Rinne holds a Candidate of Law degree from the University of Helsinki.[5] He served as chair of the Union of Private Sector Professionals (ERTO) from 2002 to 2005, the Union of Salaried Employees from 2005 to 2010, and Trade Union Pro from 2010 to 2014. Rinne was elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) on 9 May 2014, defeating Jutta Urpilainen.[6]

CabinetsEdit

Rinne and his cabinet resigned on the 3rd of December 2019, when the Centre Party withdrew its support.[7]

Court DecisionsEdit

Antti Rinne, judgment of organizing an illegal strike, fines and legal costs to be paid to the other party, the Court of Appeal (Hovioikeus in Finnish) decision in the end of 2018.[8][9]

Financial MisconductEdit

Rinne had to resign from an ACP lawyer position (Automotive, Cargo and Ports worker's union, AKT in Finnish). He was charging twice for the same work related commute. According to him, it had been negligence and amounted to about FIM 1,000 (€200). The President of the ACP later recalled in an interview with the Suomen Kuvalehti that it was FIM 10,000 (€2,000).[10]

In a second case, Rinne was the manager of a housing company in Lohja in Finland. The Suomen Kuvalehti reported that he failed to return the receipts for the year and paid for his own telephone bill from the housing company's cashier. FIM 25,000 (€5,000) of damages were claimed from him by the housing company.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Antti Rinne". Eduskunta. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Council of State - Ministers of Finance". Valtioneuvosto.fi. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Antti Rinne appointed as Finland's new PM". Yle Uutiset. Yle Uutiset. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnish_pm_rinne_resigns/11100374
  5. ^ "Kuka on Antti Rinne?". Yle. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  6. ^ Rinne defeats Jutta Urpilainen in leadership election
  7. ^ "Finland prime minister Antti Rinne resigns after coalition collapses". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  8. ^ Hovioikeuden päätökset, 2018
  9. ^ https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10564823
  10. ^ Suomen Kuvalehti 16/2005, p. 14-15
  11. ^ https://www.verkkouutiset.fi/is-sdpn-antti-rinteella-kaksi-vanhaa-rahasotkua-17763/
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jutta Urpilainen
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
2014–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Jutta Urpilainen
Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Timo Soini
Minister of Finance
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Alexander Stubb
Preceded by
Juha Sipilä
Prime Minister of Finland
2019–present
Incumbent