Annika Saarikko (the Centre Party) returns to her post as minister of science and culture.
On Thursday, August 6, President Sauli Niinistö appointed member of Parliament Annika Saarikko (the Centre Party), master of arts, bachelor of education, as a member of the government and minister of science and culture.
On the same occasion, President Niinistö released member of Parliament and entrepreneur Hanna Kosonen, master of arts, from her responsibilities as minister of science and culture and a member of the government.
Following the presidential session, the government plenary session made decisions on the changes to the ministerial portfolios, deputizing arrangements and the composition of ministerial working groups in which Saarikko will replace Kosonen.
The government also appointed Tuomo Puumala, master of social sciences, and Jari Partanen, master of laws, to continue in their duties as state secretaries. Partanen serves as state secretary for the Centre Party’s ministerial group.