A proposal by Sebastian Tynkkynen, a deputy chairperson of the Finns Party, to hold an extraordinary party conference has been turned down by an 11-2 vote by the party government.
Tynkkynen demanded that the party government, the party council and the parliamentary group be summoned to an extraordinary conference to vote on whether or not the Finns Party should continue in the Government due to what he believes is its failure to comply with the party platform on immigration.
Timo Soini, the chairperson of the Finns Party and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, insisted on Friday that there is absolutely no rift in the ranks of the party. He also noted that the lines of communication within the party are open, also to Tynkkynen. “We just talked here for a couple of hours. He was sitting right next to me,” Soini said.
The extraordinary meeting of the party government dragged on for roughly two-and-a-half hours on Friday. Soini pointed out, however, that the case of Tynkkynen was not the only item on the agenda as various issues concerning daily policy-making were also discussed.
Soini is the chairperson of the 13-member party government, while Tynkkynen as a deputy chairperson of the party is also a member.
A member of the Finns Party revealed earlier on Friday that several party members are fuming with anger over the incident and have even called for the resignation of Tynkkynen. The party member refused to confirm to Helsingin Sanomat whether or not the possibility of resignation was discussed on Friday.
On the other hand, Tynkkynen also has his supporters in the Finns Party, with Vesa-Matti Saarakkala among those who have backed his demands for an extraordinary party conference.
Soini declined to specify who voted for and who against the proposal on Friday. “We decided by an 11-2 vote that no conference will be held, and that's that. Everyone is free to comment personally on how they voted. I won't comment on that,” he said.
Karoliina Liimatainen, Martta Nieminen – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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