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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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Soini has repeatedly articulated his opposition to abortion, including during an official visit to Ottawa, Canada, in May. His statements have provoked criticism also from his fellow cabinet members.

The only opposition parties not backing the motion of no confidence are the Finns Party and the Christian Democratic Party.

The case is unusual in that typically motions of no confidence are brought against the entire government. The government would have to resign if it failed to win the support of the majority of Members of the Parliament.

Scheduling the motion of no confidence has been difficult due to, for example, ministerial visits overseas. The final timetable will be confirmed after the opposition parties have formally brought the motion of no confidence to the Speakers of the Parliament, which is expected to happen this evening.

The vote, in turn, is expected to take place at the start of tomorrow’s plenary session, at approximately 1pm.

Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti ruled on Wednesday that Soini’s decision to participate in an anti-abortion event while on an official visit abroad is problematic but not illegal.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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