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The Man Who Would Be Finland’s Next Prime Minister

  • Social Democrat head Antti Rinne leads in polls ahead of vote
  • Rinne has unions’ backing, will need to compromise if elected

The man tipped to become Finland’s next prime minister is a gaffe-prone, quick-to-the-point former trade unionist called “the toughest labor market gangster” by those who have faced him at the negotiating table.

Social Democratic leader Antti Rinne may now have to appeal to his inner diplomat if, as polls suggests, he’s to succeed in pushing through tax and public spending increases at the helm of a governing coalition that will likely have to include parties from both the left and the right.