The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

27.04.1999 PRESS RELEASE

Announcement by the President of the Republic

The President of the Republic wishes to make the following announcement:

I have been asked by many quarters about my interest in running for a second term in the coming Presidential elections. The Finnish Social Democratic Party (SDP) has asked me to respond by April 29, 1999.

I did announce at an early stage that I would not make any decision on the matter during the first half of this year. I was of the opinion that the Parliamentary elections and the forming of the new government should not be interfered with in any way.

In 1993, I was elected the SDP's Presidential candidate in the party's primary elections. Since being elected President of the Republic, I have done my best to promote the interests of our country.

From the Finnish point of view, the international situation has reached an unusually demanding stage. Therefore, I want at the present moment to concentrate fully on my duties as President of the Republic. Launching an election campaign at the moment, ten months before the end of my term and shortly before the Finnish EU Presidency would conflict with this aim. Therefore, I have today informed the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party that I do not consider myself free to seek Presidential nomination in the SDP primary elections.

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