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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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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Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, has accused the government of creating tensions between itself and trade unions throughout its term in office. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, has accused the government of creating tensions between itself and trade unions throughout its term in office. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Members of the Centre and National Coalition have expressed their bafflement with the statements of Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats.

Rinne commented on a variety of issues including government policy, the social security reform and the social, health care and regional government reform during the course of last week – first in a debate event organised by Helsingin Sanomat and Aalto University Executive Education and later in an interview on YLE TV1.

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The Finnish government has no intention to scrap the much-discussed bill that would make laying off easier for small businesses, says Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
The Finnish government has no intention to scrap the much-discussed bill that would make laying off easier for small businesses, says Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, says he has sat down with labour market organisations to discuss a bill that would make laying off easier for small businesses, but stresses that the government has no intention whatsoever to scrap the controversial bill.

“Some of the responses have been along the lines that the only impactful thing to do is to withdraw the bill, but that’s something the government won’t do,” he said in the Parliament on Thursday.

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Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, has been ordered by his doctor to take an indefinite sick leave due to exhaustion. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, has been ordered by his doctor to take an indefinite sick leave due to exhaustion. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, says he will take an indefinite sick leave due to exhaustion in accordance with the recommendation of his doctor.

“I announced today that I’ll take a sick leave on doctor’s orders. I’m exhausted and I’ve realised that I’m at the limit of my endurance. I believe it’s important to have an open debate about employees’ ability to cope at the workplace and the exhaustion of people in challenging positions,” he wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

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Paula Risikko (NCP), the Speaker of the Parliament, discussed the findings of a study on gender equality in the Finnish Parliament in a press conference in Helsinki on Wednesday, 12 September. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Paula Risikko (NCP), the Speaker of the Parliament, discussed the findings of a study on gender equality in the Finnish Parliament in a press conference in Helsinki on Wednesday, 12 September. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Speaker of the Parliament Paula Risikko (NCP) has begun work to weed out harassment and threatening from the Finnish Parliament.

Risikko made the announcement as she discussed the findings of a new study on gender equality, inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment and threatening among Members of the Parliament in Helsinki on Wednesday.

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MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki (Centre) shares the European Commission’s concern about the position of food producers in the food chain. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki (Centre) shares the European Commission’s concern about the position of food producers in the food chain. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Anneli Jäätteenmäki (Centre), a Member of the European Parliament, says the European Commission is weighing up means to improve the position of producers in the food chain.

The European Commission last spring unveiled a legislative proposal to prohibit some of the most common unfair trade practices in the food chain. The proposal has already been discussed at both the European and the Finnish Parliament.

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