Sari Essayah was on Friday unanimously elected the new chair of the (Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit Christian Democrats of Finland).
The Lapinlahti parliamentarian succeeds former Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen at the helm of the party. A vote was deemed unnecessary following the pulling out of the second candidate Sari Tanus from the race. Tanus is Member of Parliament from Tampere.
Essayah said now is the time for new political openings citing economy, the question of employment as well as EU and family issues as important to her agenda. Essayah attributes the party’s weak approval rating to the legacy of the previous government which the Cristian Democrats were part of. More than 600 delegates took part in the convention in Savonlinna.