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Finns Party expelling MP

The opposition Finns Party intends to formally expel MP James Hirvisaari for anti-party activities.

James Hirvisaari
Finns Party MP James Hirvisaari. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

A working committee of the Finns Party's governing board made a unanimous proposal on Thursday to strip MP James Hirvisaari of his party membership.

"We discussed the matter in the working committee this morning and after hearing Hirvisaari, we decided to unanimously propose his expulsion from the party," said Finns Party Secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo.

One reason for the expulsion is a recent incident in which a guest of Hirvisaari's, right-wing activist Seppo Lehto, gave a Nazi salute in the chamber of Parliament.  However, Slunga-Poutsalo said that the main causes stem from Hirvisaari's own activities.

Slunga-Poutsalo added that she believes that the party's governing board will meet soon to makes its decision.

The news was first reported by the Finnish News Agency STT.


The Speaker of Parliament Eero Heinäluoma announced Thursday that he is issuing a notice of censure to James Hirvisaari over the salute incident, the toughest action that a speaker can take under the circumstances.

Hirvisaari has said that he understands the action and apologized.


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