Antti Kurvinen (the Centre) is the new minister of science and culture. Annika Saarikko (the Centre) became the new minister of finance. Photograph: Lauri Heikkinen/The Finnish Government

On Tuesday, the Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, released Member of Parliament Matti Vanhanen (the Centre), master of social sciences, from the post of minister of finance and his membership in the government.

On the same occasion, the resident transferred and appointed Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko (the Centre) as minister of finance and appointed Member of Parliament Antti Kurvinen (the Centre), lawyer, master of laws, as a member of the government and the minister of science and culture.

Following the presidential session, the government plenary session made decisions on changes to the ministerial portfolios, deputizing arrangements and the composition of ministerial committees and working groups. Minister Kurvinen took an oath of office and a judicial oath.

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