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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.

Soini, she stated, has staged an embarrassing political play that has put members of all ruling parties in a difficult position by insisting on publicly expressing views that are in line with neither the position of the Blue Reform nor that of Finland.

“[Such views] don’t enjoy the support of most Finns. This is a crusade for one’s personal convictions,” slammed Elovaara.

Elovaara on Friday reminded on Twitter that the Finns Party Parliamentary Group issued a warning to her after she voted, according to her own convictions, for gender-neutral marriage laws in December 2014.

“I wish that people had supported my right to have a different conviction as strongly as they’re now supporting Soini’s,” she said, stressing that she is not seeking to exact revenge. “You have to remember that our convictions are equally valuable. And if you expect others to support you, you should’ve supported others in similar situations.”

The Finnish Parliament will vote on a motion of no confidence brought against Soini by the Green League, Left Alliance, Social Democrats and Swedish People's Party at 1pm on Friday. Elovaara will not participate in the vote as she is currently on an official visit to the United States.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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