Members of the Finnish Parliament turned down a motion of no confidence brought against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) by a vote of 100 to 60. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Members of the Finnish Parliament turned down a motion of no confidence brought against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) by a vote of 100 to 60. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish Parliament has given a vote of confidence to Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR).

Members of the Parliament voted this afternoon 100–60 against a motion of no confidence brought against the minister for foreign affairs by four opposition parties: the Green League, Left Alliance, Social Democrats and Swedish People’s Party.

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Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, faces a motion of no confidence in the Finnish Parliament on Friday, 21 September. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, faces a motion of no confidence in the Finnish Parliament on Friday, 21 September. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Tiina Elovaara, a deputy chairperson of the Blue Reform, has shed light on the reason for her recent outburst against her fellow party member, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR).

Iltalehti reported on Thursday that Elovaara has expressed her firm disapproval with the repeated, anti-abortion statements and actions of Soini. “This really pisses off all liberals and feminists, such as myself,” she wrote on social media.

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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, effectively ruled out forming a ruling coalition with the Finns Party in a political debate hosted by Alma Media in Helsinki on Wednesday. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, effectively ruled out forming a ruling coalition with the Finns Party in a political debate hosted by Alma Media in Helsinki on Wednesday. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finns Party is hardly perceived as an appealing coalition partner by the leaders of the largest political parties in Finland.

“Now it’s looking impossible,” Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the poll-topping Social Democratic Party, retorted when asked about the possibility of forming a coalition government with the populist opposition party during a political debate hosted by Alma Media in Helsinki on Wednesday.

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Saara-Sofia Sirén (NCP) on Thursday confirmed that she will not be voting against a vote of no confidence brought against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR). (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Saara-Sofia Sirén (NCP) on Thursday confirmed that she will not be voting against a vote of no confidence brought against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR). (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

The National Coalition Parliamentary Group has ordered its members to support the government in a vote of no confidence against Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in the Parliament on Friday, reports Verkkouutiset.

The parliamentary group states in a press release that it does not approve of the anti-abortion remarks of Soini, but that it will also not allow the government to collapse over such an issue.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has a hard time getting his message across to the public, according to the results of a survey commissioned by Alma Media. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has a hard time getting his message across to the public, according to the results of a survey commissioned by Alma Media. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s (Centre) statements are deemed trustworthy by only 24 per cent of Finns, finds a survey commissioned by Alma Media.

Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, and Sampo Terho, the chairperson of the Blue Reform, similarly have a hard time getting their messages across to the public, according to the survey.

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Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen (NCP) seems to have backtracked on a plan to prevent dual citizens from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Border Guard. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Minister of the Interior Kai Mykkänen (NCP) seems to have backtracked on a plan to prevent dual citizens from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Border Guard. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Blue Reform and National Coalition are in apparent disagreement about whether it is necessary to prevent dual citizenship holders from advancing to senior military positions in Finland.

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, told YLE on Wednesday that he is no longer intent on proposing that dual citizens be prevented from advancing to senior positions at the Finnish Border Guard, which operates under the Ministry of the Interior.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) is set to face a motion of no confidence tomorrow for repeatedly expressing his opposition to abortion. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) is set to face a motion of no confidence tomorrow for repeatedly expressing his opposition to abortion. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish Parliament is set to vote on a motion of no confidence against Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) on Friday, a parliamentary spokesperson has told Uusi Suomi.

The Greens, Left Alliance, Social Democrats and Swedish People’s Party announced earlier this month they will bring a motion of no confidence against the minister for foreign affairs on grounds that he has “repeatedly acted against women’s rights and the foreign policy of Finland”.

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The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has issued a rare, unprompted legislative proposal urging the government to designate an authority to be responsible for issuing expert statements on medical insurance-related disputes. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has issued a rare, unprompted legislative proposal urging the government to designate an authority to be responsible for issuing expert statements on medical insurance-related disputes. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

The Supreme Court of Finland (KKO) has called for the establishment of an independent authority to issue medical insurance statements.

KKO on Thursday issued a rare unprompted legislative proposal to the government for establishing the independent agency, pointing out that it is currently impossible for people to request a cost-free statement from an impartial authority on medical insurance-related legal disputes.

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jMinister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) has come under criticism for participating in an anti-abortion vigil while on an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May. (Credit: Otto Ponto – Lehtikuva)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) has come under criticism for participating in an anti-abortion vigil while on an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May. (Credit: Otto Ponto – Lehtikuva)

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini’s (BR) participation in an anti-abortion event while on an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May is problematic, views Tuomas Pöysti, the Finnish Chancellor of Justice.

Pöysti on Tuesday said Soini should show restraint and good judgement when it comes to his statements whenever travelling abroad to represent Finland.

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Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM), says PAM is also prepared to resort to strikes and other industrial actions in order to compel the government to scrap its much-discussed bill. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Ann Selin, the chairperson of Service Union United (PAM), says PAM is also prepared to resort to strikes and other industrial actions in order to compel the government to scrap its much-discussed bill. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Service Union United (PAM) on Tuesday announced that its executive board has decided to launch a union-wide overtime ban.

“The overtime ban will apply to all sectors covered by PAM. We are already preparing for political strikes and other industrial actions in co-operation with other trade unions,” declared Ann Selin, the chairperson of PAM.

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Robin Lardot has stepped aside temporarily as the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), as per a decision by the Ministry of the Interior. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Robin Lardot has stepped aside temporarily as the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), as per a decision by the Ministry of the Interior. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Robin Lardot, the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP), has been suspended from duty with immediate effect pending the outcome of court proceedings, according to the Finnish Ministry of the Interior.

Lardot has been charged with violation of official duty in a massive malfeasance case revolving around Jari Aarnio, a former head of drug enforcement at Helsinki Police Department.

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