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Suomalainen poliitikko ja energiateollisuuden konsultti. | A Finnish politician and former reporter.


Paavo Lipponen Biography



Paavo Tapio Lipponen (s. 23. huhtikuuta 1941 Turtola) on suomalainen poliitikko ja energiateollisuuden konsultti. Lipponen oli Suomen Sosialidemokraattisen Puolueen (SDP) puheenjohtaja vuosina 1993–2005 ja toimi Suomen pääministerinä vuosina 1995–2003 johtaen kahta peräkkäistä täyden vaalikauden istunutta hallitusta (Lipponen I ja Lipponen II). Pääministerikautensa jälkeen vuosina 2003–2007 hän toimi eduskunnan puhemiehenä. Lipponen on toiminut kansanedustajana vuosina 1983–1987 ja 1991–2007 sekä Helsingin kaupunginvaltuutettuna vuosina 1985–1995. Elokuussa 2011 Lipponen ilmoitti ryhtyvänsä pyrkimään Suomen tasavallan presidentiksi Suomen presidentinvaalissa 2012 ja hänet valittiin SDP:n presidenttiehdokkaaksi jäsenäänestyksessä syyskuussa 2011. Lipponen sijoittui vaalissa viidenneksi.







Paavo Tapio Lipponen (born 23 April 1941) is a Finnish politician and former reporter. He was Prime Minister of Finland from 1995 to 2003, and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland from 1993 to 2005. He also served as Speaker of the Parliament of Finland from 2003–2007 and was his party's nominee in the 2012 Finnish presidential election but received only 6.7% of the votes, making it the biggest defeat the Social Democratic Party has ever had in Finnish Presidential elections.


Political career

He held various posts in the Social Democratic Party organisation from 1967 to 1979. Lipponen's opinions were changed. In a speech in 1978 Lipponen asserted that he had lost his belief in socialism.


Lipponen first came into the political limelight when he was secretary to Prime Minister Mauno Koivisto from 1979 to 1982. Frequently having to substitute for the busy Prime Minister, Lipponen was soon dubbed vara-Manu ("deputy Manu" — Manu being short for Mauno). Lipponen was a Member of the Parliament of Finland from 1983 to 1987 and also from 1991 until he retired in 2007.


Lipponen was his party's nominee in the 2012 Finnish presidential election. He was knocked out in the first round, receiving 6.7% of the vote. Lipponen has declined the honour of being named a Valtioneuvos, the highest honour in Finland, saying that no-one outside of Finland knows what a Valtioneuvos is and that he is satisfied with being "former Prime Minister".



January 17, 2012

updated: 2013-07-22

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