October 9, 2017 / 3:47 PM / 9 months ago

Finland's president, 69, and wife, 40, expecting baby

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's 69-year old president, Sauli Niinisto, and his 40-year-old wife Jenni Haukio are expecting a baby, the president's office said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and his wife, Jenni Haukio, are seen before attending an official dinner with China's President Xi Jinping (not pictured) in Helsinki, Finland April 5, 2017. Lehtikuva/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/via REUTERS/File Photo

"We have been hoping for a child for a long time and have experienced many difficulties over those years. There have therefore been delicate issues related to the early days of the pregnancy, but we are able to share the news now,” the couple said in a statement.

Niinisto's office said the baby was due in February 2018, around the same time that he will run for re-election to another six-year term. Polls indicate he is the clear frontrunner.

The couple were married in 2009. The child is Haukio's first and Niinisto's third.

Reporting by Tuomas Forsell; editing by Mark Heinrich

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