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Suomalainen poliitikko. | A Finnish politician.


Mari Kiviniemi Biography



Mari Johanna Kiviniemi (s. 27. syyskuuta 1968 Seinäjoki) on suomalainen poliitikko ja entinen Suomen Keskustan puheenjohtaja. Hän oli Suomen 63. pääministeri vuosina 2010–2011.


Kiviniemi ei asettunut enää kesän 2012 puoluekokouksessa ehdolle puheenjohtajaksi. Hän totesi tällä tavoin kantavansa vastuuta siitä, ettei puolue ole päässyt nousemaan riittävän rivakasti, mutta eräiden arvioiden mukaan taustalla voi olla myös pettymys siihen, että Paavo Väyrynen ja Mauri Pekkarinen haastavat hänet jo lyhyen puheenjohtajuuden jälkeen.


Poliittinen ura

Kiviniemi toimi 1990–1991 Keskustan Opiskelijaliiton pääsihteerinä. Kiviniemen nykyinen kotikuntansa on Helsinki, jonka kaupunginvaltuustoon hänet valittiin vuoden 2004 kunnallisvaaleissa ja uudestaan vuonna 2008. Hän ei ollut enää ehdolla vuoden 2012 kunnallisvaaleissa. Nuoren Suomen liiton puheenjohtajana hän toimi vuosina 2006–2010.







Mari Johanna Kiviniemi (born 27 September 1968) is a Finnish politician and the second female Prime Minister of Finland.


Political career

Kiviniemi is a career politician, and first ran as a candidate for Member of Parliament in 1991, garnering less than 5,000 votes, while serving as the Secretary General of the Centre Party Student Union.


In 2003, Kiviniemi was elected to a leadership position within the Centre Party, serving as vice-chairman (one of three) until June 2008. She became a special advisor to Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen in 2004, and was twice appointed by him to serve as a Cabinet minister: first in September 2005 on a temporary basis when the incumbent went on maternity leave for six months; and then on a full-time basis in April 2007.


On 22 January 2010, one month after Prime Minister Vanhanen announced he would be stepping down as leader (chair) of the Centre Party at its June 2010 convention, Kiviniemi announced her candidacy for the vacancy. Her campaign was formally launched in April.


The 2011 general election saw the rise of the True Finns party, who gained 34 seats at the expense of all but one of the other parliamentary parties. Kiviniemi's Centre Party were hardest hit, losing 16 of the 51 seats they had previously held and falling from being the largest party to the fourth largest. After new polls showed the centre party had made no gains against the governing parties, she decided to step down as chairperson and did not stand in the chairperson election in the summer of 2012. She was succeeded by Juha Sipilä as the party's chair.



January 17, 2012

updated: 2013-07-23

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