- Left Alliance (Finland)
party_name = Left Alliance
party_wikicolourid = Green
name in Finnish = Vasemmistoliitto
name in Swedish = Vänsterförbundet
position = Left
Nordic Green Left Alliance
headquarters = Viherniemenkatu 5 A
president = none (Left Alliance is backing
the SDP candidate,
website = [http://www.vasemmistoliitto.fi/en_GB/ www.vasemmistoliitto.fi]
The Left Alliance ("Vasemmistoliitto" or "Vänsterförbundet") is a green socialist political party in
Finland. Its current chair is Martti Korhonen, and it is a member of the Nordic Green Left Alliance. In parliamentary elections, Left Alliance share of the vote has been close to ten per cent. The Left Alliance had three portfolios in the two cabinets of Paavo Lipponen( 1995- 2003).
The party was founded as a result of a
mergerbetween the Finnish People's Democratic League(SKDL), the Finnish Women's Democratic League(SNDL), and the Communist Party of Finland(SKP). The founding meeting was held in April 1990in Helsinki, following the publishing of the "April Declaration", which emphasised the need for a party that would promote the ideals of the French Revolution- liberty, equality, and fraternity - in addition to peace and environmental values.
The party's short history has been characterised by internal disputes and bickering, as it was formed by people with very different views on society. There have been several large-scale defections from the Left Alliance to the Social Democratic Party and the newly formed
Communist Party of Finland (Unity). In 2005, the party's former secretary and SAK's assistant head Matti Viialainenformed a society to promote a merger between the two largest Finnish left-wing political parties, the Left Alliance and the Social Democrats. This caused an outrage within the Left Alliance, and Viialainen was condemned for wanting to break up the party.
2006, the party's leader Suvi-Anne Siimesannounced her resignation from the post, and the party, as a result of long-standing feuds with the leftist section of the party. On May 13, 2006, Martti Korhonenwas elected as the new party leader.
In spite of its origins, the party is attempting to break away from association with the ideologies of
socialismand communism, and to associate itself more closely with the ' New Left' and Green socialism. The party's policy emphasises the link between social justiceand the environment.
* [http://www.vasemmistoliitto.fi Left Alliance website] fi
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