Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Foreign Minister, said on Thursday that he will compete for president in the coming election, intending to succeed Sauli Niinisto, who is stepping down after two terms.

It will be Green Party member Haavisto’s third bid to become Finland’s president, having finished second in both 2012 and 2018.

“Recently, many Finns from very different backgrounds have contacted me and appealed for me to become a candidate in next January’s presidential election,” Haavisto said at a press conference, adding that he will run as an independent.

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