President Sauli Niinistö announces his readiness to attend an electoral debate between presidential candidates in late October. The Centre Party’s presidential candidate, Matti Vanhanen, criticized Niinistö on Tuesday that he had previously said that he would not participate in a debate until after Independence Day in December. On Wednesday, Niinistö confirmed that he will of course join the debate, and significantly earlier than previous presidents had done in similar situations. The first round of presidential elections is due to be held at the end of January.
Media: Etelä-Suomen Sanomat (E-edition, PDF)
Main source: Sauli Niinistö/ Finnish president