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Everything in Pekkarinen's statement is consistent with his previous statements (at least over the last 3 years). The only thing new to me was his slightly hedged willingness to listen to both unions and employers. He IS a noted negotiator, so he's not setting up a problem for himself yet.

If he became party chairman and thus potentially PM, I am sure he would pursue what he promises. But although party chairmanship, for him, is a definite possibility, there's a rocky road ahead to becoming PM because the coalition partners maybe object to an unelected PM (Gordon Brown-style). If Vanhanen had a e.g. genuine medical reason for resigning, the coalition partners may not want to rock the boat. But Vanhanen is resigning (it is guessed) because some nasty legal sheenanigans are soon to be revealed.

However I think Pekkarinen may have the support of a lot of Finns for his new statement. He is, in any case, a centrist. Any coalition objections to his becoming PM would have to dissect and dismiss his proposals. That might be tricky.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:32:40 PM EST
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