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Sampo Terho (foreground), Matti Torvinen and Tiina Elovaara of the Blue Parliamentary Group were pictured holding boxes of support cards outside the Ministry of Justice in Helsinki on 16 October, 2017.
Sampo Terho (foreground), Matti Torvinen and Tiina Elovaara of the Blue Parliamentary Group were pictured holding boxes of support cards outside the Ministry of Justice in Helsinki on 16 October, 2017.

 

Sampo Terho (BR), the Minister of European Affairs, Culture and Sports, has expressed his delight after Pekka Sinisalo announced he will resign his position at the district organisation of the Finns Party in Uusimaa and join the Blue Reform.

“Of course it’s noteworthy that the chairperson of the Finns Party’s largest district organisation joins the Blues,” Terho commented to Uusi Suomi on Monday.

Sinisalo announced earlier yesterday he will step down as the chairperson of the district organisation and, with a heavy heart, relinquish his membership in the Finns Party, explaining that he no longer recognises the party as the political movement he joined almost 15 years ago.

“The party has become a single-issue movement,” he stated in a press release.

The Blue Reform began its transformation from an association into a fully-fledged political party on Monday by submitting a total of 5,300 support cards to the Ministry of Justice. A total of 5,000 support cards from citizens entitled to vote are required for entering a new party to the party register.

Some members of the association have estimated that the successful completion of the registration process will encourage more policy makers to leave the Finns Party and join the Blue Reform.

“I believe there’s more to come,” said Terho.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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