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“I will henceforth seek to influence decision-making in Finland by creating ties with like-minded Finns – both the non-partisans and those affiliated with other parties,” said Paavo Väyrynen (Centre).Paavo Väyrynen (Centre), a Member of the European Parliament, has announced on his blog on Puheenvuoro that he will withdraw from all decision-making bodies of the Centre Party – namely the party council and the party government.

He explains that he has arrived at the conclusion that he cannot have an impact on the future of Finland, Europe and all of humanity by means of the existing structures.

“I have decided to disengage from the activities of the [decision-making] bodies of the Centre Party. I will henceforth seek to influence decision-making in Finland by establishing ties with like-minded Finns – both the non-partisans and those affiliated with other parties,” he states.

“I can no longer have an impact on decision-making in Finland through the Centre.”

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Väyrynen reveals that he has weighed up his options since last summer – after the decision by his party to enter a coalition with the National Coalition Party made him realise he can no longer influence the platform of the Centre.

He decided to give it another try, but found himself conflicted between his campaign to urge Finland to leave the euro area – and the extent of support it received – and the decisions made by the leadership of the Centre Party.

“My experiences over the past couple of months have confirmed that it is impossible to have an impact through the Centre. The citizens' initiative and the idea of Finland leaving the eurozone have received widespread support – also among the members and supporters of the Centre despite the party leadership's lukewarm stance on the issue,” he writes.

A crucial aspect of the coalition formation, he says, was the decision to ensure “the ministerial group of the Centre and its key assistants only consisted of liberals with sympathies towards the National Coalition”.

“An unholy power-political alliance has emerged within the party. Decisions are currently dictated by liberals who are supported by a group of Laestadian lawmakers. […] The advocates of traditional Centre Party politics have been pushed to the sidelines,” he writes.

He also points out that whenever he sought to steer the decisions of the party, he was accused of “dismantling the party”.

“It is best to admit your defeat and step back.”

Väyrynen will continue to represent the Centre Party in the European Parliament.

His announcement to withdraw from the decision-making bodies of the party can be interpreted as a marketing ploy as it coincided with the launch event of his latest book.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen / Uusi Suomi
Source: Uusi Suomi

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