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IW 06

Europe

Presidential Elections in Finland

 

With a very small difference of votes, the Social Democrat, Tarja Halonen, won the presidential election in Finland in the second round and defeated the candidate of the rightist party of bourgeoisie. This is the second six years period in which people are voting for Halonen. All together after the period there’s going to be a 30 continual years of social democrat dynasty in the presidency.

Anyway, there was not any difference between the two candidates. The only question was that, who is going to do the dirty work. In the last 25 years, the Presidential powers have been decreased. So, nowadays the president can decide only for the foreign affairs, which don’t relate to European Union. These decisions president only can take with the consensus of government which is led by a Prime Minister of the centre.

In the rhetoric’s of the two main candidates Halonen was the only one who was not an open pro NATO supporter (with the exception of the candidate of the extreme right). A big part of capitalists who were considering the social democrats as an important balancing factor have changed their course and supported the right wing candidate, Niinistö. Moreover, a large part of the right wing in social democracy was not in favour of its own candidate, Halonen. In the second round of the elections, all the bourgeois parties and especially the right Kokoomus, together with the Keskusta of the centre, supported Niinistö.

Finnish foreign policy had always used German spectacles in international affairs with only exception of affairs concerning neighbour Russia . Now, after Merkel was elected in Germany and the break up of German — France axis in the referendum last spring, thr national elites beganto revise the Transatlantic relations. Halonen keeps the door open to NATO as well. It’s only the obstinate perseverance of the people, who didn’t want to risk a NATO solution, which prevented the choice of the rightist Niinistö.

The position of the prime minister and chairperson of Centre, Vanhanen, hangs in the balance, being a big risk not to be re-elected in the leadership of own party, which will cause an unstable position for all the government.

The Left Alliance decided not to participate to the elections with their own candidate, but to vote in favour of Halonen. Left Alliance is the rightist and strongest part of the heirs of Stalinism, who has been in its days the stronger one in all Scandinavia . The lack of workers leadership was also obvious in the case of the Communist Party of Finland (the proper heir of Stalinism) as they didn’t participate as well and didn’t express any opinion about how its members should act in the elections. Only in the second round the Communist Party told to the working class: “Do not vote the right wing”.

The absolute sectarian behaviour of the Communist Party found a perfect relevance in the statement of Communist Union, another heir of Stalinism. These people voted for the extreme right because of its stance against the European Union and against NATO. Our organization couldn’t the collect 20,000 signatures as the electoral law demands . So we decided to put a blank vote in the first round. In the second round we called for a critical vote in favour of Halonen against the bourgeois candidate of the rule class.

The lack of some left alternative was visible to every observer who kept an eye on the election campaigns. The sole anti-NATO comments were from the ultra right Party. Essential themes like racism, militarism, c ontradictions between labour and capital didn’t arise at all.

The time is ripe for revolutionary policy, which, with class collaboration defeats militarism and racism. Also it would struggle for the subversion of capitalism as a whole, for the expropriation of the big Capital as a part of worldwide struggle of the working class against the imperialism and capitalism. The final destination is Socialism, which could be achieved by following a revolutionary path.

by Dimitris Mizaras and Jani Poimala