The Finns Party has expelled its third deputy chairperson, Sebastian Tynkkynen.
Tynkkynen admitted to Helsingin Sanomat on Monday to being astonished by the fact that he was not notified of the decision until three days after it had been taken. “I'm genuinely confused about the situation. Being unaware that you're no longer a party member for three days is quite unsustainable communication,” he said.
No one from the party leadership notified Tynkkynen of his expulsion face-to-face or over the phone even though the decision was taken on Friday. Tynkkynen said he received a text message confirming the matter early on Monday.
“I called the party secretary immediately after hearing about this to get together for a face-to-face chat. She didn't pick up the phone. She simply decided to write a text message telling this is how it'll end,” Tynkkynen told Helsingin Sanomat.
He also discussed his expulsion in a video published on Facebook. “I tend to get to the point rather quickly, and that's what I'll do now as well: I've been expelled as a member of the Finns Party,” he tells on the video.
Tynkkynen believes the decision to expel him was taken in a party government meeting while he was on a business trip in Iceland attending a meeting of the Nordic Youth Council.
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He demanded in early October that the party government, party council and parliamentary group of the Finns Party convene for an extraordinary meeting to decide whether or not the party can continue in the Government. The Finns Party has according to him shied away from its party platform when it comes to immigration.
The party government turned down his call for an extraordinary meeting by an 11–2 vote on 16 October. “This is quite frankly a political manhunt. They're trying to weed out critical voices from the party,” claimed Tynkkynen.
Timo Soini, the chairperson of the Finns Party, estimated after the vote that there is no rift in the ranks of the party and refused to speculate on the future of Tynkkynen.
Tynkkynen, however, said that he was urged to relinquish his party membership already in the party government meeting.
He remains of the opinion that his calls for an extraordinary meeting were justified. “I'm able to stand by that decision one hundred per cent. If that has led to this, then that has led to this and there's no helping it,” he said.
Suomen Uutiset, the online mouthpiece of the Finns Party, reports that the reason for the expulsion of Tynkkynen was that he had used an online form to collect the personal details of people before the meeting and published some of the names online without the consent of the signatories. The Finns Party has confirmed that it has opened a legal inquiry into the matter.
“Tynkkynen has according to its own account clearly violated personal data laws and distributed information that falls within the remit of the protection of private life,” Suomen Uutiset writes.
Tynkkynen said law-enforcement authorities have not contacted him regarding the alleged wrongdoings.
He believes his claims that he is being flushed out are corroborated by the approach taken by the Finns Party to the sentence handed down to Jussi Halla-aho (PS), a Member of the European Parliament. Halla-aho, Tynkkynen pointed out, was allowed to continue serving as a Member of the Parliament and nominated as a candidate for the European Parliament despite the fact that he was found guilty by the court of highest instance.
Jukka Hiiro – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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