Antti Rinne

Antti Juhani Rinne (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈɑnt̪ːi ˈjuɦɑni ˈrinːe̞ʔ]) (born 3 November 1962) is a Finnish politician who served as Prime Minister of Finland from June to December 2019, and served as Leader of the Social Democratic Party between 2014 and 2020.

Antti Rinne
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Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
Assumed office
11 December 2019
SpeakerMatti Vanhanen
Anu Vehviläinen
Preceded byTuula Haatainen
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
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
In office
24 April 2019 – 5 June 2019
Preceded byPaula Risikko
Succeeded byMatti Vanhanen
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
9 May 2014 – 22 August 2020
Preceded byJutta Urpilainen
Succeeded bySanna Marin
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, Uusimaa, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic
Spouse(s)Heta Ravolainen
EducationUniversity of Helsinki

BiographyEdit

A lawyer by profession, Rinne holds a Candidate of Law degree from the University of Helsinki.[1] 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.

Political activitiesEdit

Rinne was elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) on 9 May 2014, defeating Jutta Urpilainen.[2]

He was Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland between 2014 and 2015 and has been a Member of Parliament since 2015.[3][4] 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.[5]

Rinne cabinetEdit

Rinne and his cabinet resigned on the 3rd of December 2019, when the Centre Party withdrew its support[6] due to controversies on the handling of a postal strike. President Sauli Niinistö asked him to continue with a caretaker government until a new government was appointed.[7] On 10 December 2019, Sanna Marin was appointed as Prime Minister.[8]

On 11 December 2019, Rinne was elected as the First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, replacing Tuula Haatainen, who had been named as the Minister of Employment in the Marin Cabinet.[9]

ControversiesEdit

Antti Rinne was convicted of organizing an illegal strike with Ammattiliitto Pro against the forestry industry. The conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeals (Hovioikeus in Finnish) with a decision in the end of 2018 which also ordered Rinne to pay fines and legal costs to the other party.[10][11]

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). In 2005, the President of the ACP stated in an interview with the Suomen Kuvalehti that it was FIM 10,000 (€2,000).[12]

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.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kuka on Antti Rinne?". Yle. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ Rinne defeats Jutta Urpilainen in leadership election
  3. ^ "Antti Rinne". Eduskunta. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Council of State - Ministers of Finance". Valtioneuvosto.fi. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Antti Rinne appointed as Finland's new PM". Yle Uutiset. Yle Uutiset. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Finland prime minister Antti Rinne resigns after coalition collapses". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  7. ^ https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finnish_pm_rinne_resigns/11100374
  8. ^ "Finland's record-young PM appointed, faces confidence vote next week". Yle. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ Salokorpi, Juhani (11 December 2019). "Antti Rinne eduskunnan 1. varapuhemieheksi". Yle. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  10. ^ Hovioikeuden päätökset, 2018
  11. ^ "Hovioikeus piti Antti Rinteen sakot työkiistasta voimassa – Lisäksi Rinne joutuu maksamaan Metsäteollisuudelle 16 000 euroa oikeudenkäyntikuluja". Yle Uutiset. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  12. ^ Suomen Kuvalehti 16/2005, p. 14-15
  13. ^ Tikka, Juha-Pekka (2014-03-21). "IS: Sdp:n Antti Rinteellä kaksi vanhaa rahasotkua". Retrieved 2019-12-11.
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
Succeeded by
Sanna Marin