Latest Finnish presidential election Stories

2006-01-29 07:15:44

By Rex Merrifield HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's first woman president faced a tight race with her conservative challenger as voters cast ballots on Sunday in an election run-off. Opinion polls had given left-leaning President Tarja Halonen, who is seeking a second and final six-year term, a slim lead despite a swell of support for her opponent, moderate rightist Sauli Niinisto. The incumbent, backed by the Social Democratic Party and leftist and labor groups, has campaigned as "the...