Finland’s Centre Party nominates Vanhanen for finance minister


FILE PHOTO: Finland’s Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen arrives at a two-day EU Heads of States summit at the EU council headquarters in Brussels December 10, 2009.

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s Centre Party nominated on Monday former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen as its candidate for finance minister, following Katri Kulmuni’s resignation on Friday over her use of taxpayers’ money to pay for training in public speaking.

Kulmuni’s Centre Party is the second largest ally in Finland’s five-party coalition and Vanhanen’s nomination is expected to be approved by the rest of the government later this week.

Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Toby Chopra

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