Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Green League, has seemingly backtracked on his comments about the possibility of forming a ruling coalition with the Finns Party.
Haavisto told Maaseudun Tulevaisuus on Friday that he has not ruled out the possibility of co-operating with the populist opposition party, explaining that coalition formation is dictated by issues rather than the names of parties.
He also reminded in the interview with the thrice-weekly newspaper that parties may yet re-align themselves on certain issues due to the amount of time left to go until the parliamentary elections held in April 2019.
Haavisto clarified his statement later on Friday, after it was seemingly questioned by some of his party comrades.
The Finns Party, he said, currently represents values that effectively rule out the possibility of coalition co-operation and has been one of the main obstacles standing in the way of the Green League in the Parliament.
“The Greens is a party based on values that regards environmental protection, human rights and equality as its most central values and the foundation on which the entire party has been created,” he wrote on Facebook.
“We will only engage in coalition co-operation with parties that are willing to commit to these values and subscribe to them in the government programme,” he added. “The Finns Party's current platform makes it impossible for the Greens to be in the same government.”
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi