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Mari Kiviniemi: Prime Minister, Finland, 2010-2011

Mari Kiviniemi served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2010 to 2011 following the resignation of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, making her the second female prime minister in the history of Finland. Prior to her appointment as Prime Minister, Kiviniemi was Minister of Foreign Trade and Development from 2005 to 2006 and Minister of Public Administration and Local Government from 2007 to 2010. Kiviniemi successfully ran to be a Member of Parliament in 1995 general elections and won a seat. In 2003, Kiviniemi was elected to a leadership position within the Centre Party, serving as vice-chairman (one of three) until June 2008. She became a special advisor to Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen in 2004, and was twice appointed by him to serve as a Cabinet minister. In addition to her work in national politics, Kiviniemi is also a member of the Helsinki City Council since 2005 and since August 2014, she is Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

 
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