Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs and ex-chairperson of the Finns Party, on Thursday announced the end of his long career in politics. (Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

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TIMO SOINI (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has announced his non-candidacy in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament.

“Wherever the EU is, there’s a problem. I’m not part of the problem. I won’t be running in the EU elections,” he wrote in his blog on Thursday, 18 April. “I’m leaving politics, feeling positive, in a good mood.”

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There had been long-running speculation about the political future of the co-founder and long-term chairperson of the Finns Party, who was not a candidate in the parliamentary elections held in Finland on Sunday, 14 April.

Soini on Thursday added that he will complete the remainder of his term as the minister for foreign affairs in the caretaker government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“When the new government starts its term, I’ll step onto the Senate Square as a free man. My life will change, because I know what it has been,” he wrote. “I’ll realise a couple of dreams. I’ll enjoy the summer, being right,” he said.

The Blue Reform – which was founded by approximately 20 ex-members of the Finns Party, including Soini, in November 2017 – failed to win a single seat in the Finnish Parliament last Sunday.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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