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Koivis to takes over Finnish presidency

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Karla Vallance / January 27, 1982


Prime Minister Mauno Koivisto, a moderate Social Democrat economist, became Finland's first Socialist president Tuesday. An electoral council elected him to succeed Urho Kekkonen, who held the nation's highest office for 25 years.

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Government sources said Mr. Koivisto would use Finland's secure base of neutrality to expand its political and economic influence.