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MP al-Taee to return to work following sick leave

The MP took sick leave earlier this spring following a backlash regarding inflammatory comments he made on social media.

Hussein al-Taee
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MP Hussein al-Taee of the Social Democratic Party will end his sick leave on Sunday. Al-Taee went on leave in May following the backlash that arose surrounding inflammatory comments he had made about homosexuals, Jews, Somalis and Sunni Muslims on Facebook several years earlier.

At the time, al-Taee apologised for the posts and said he no longer held those opinions.

When al-Taee went on sick leave in the beginning of May, SDP parliamentary group chair Antti Lindtman said that the leave was related to the uproar that had been caused when the MP's old Facebook writings surfaced.

Al-Taee was hospitalised during his sick leave.

Al-Taee is to take part in a political panel discussion at the Faces Festival in Karjaa, western Uusimaa, on 28 July along with Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and Mika Aaltola, programme director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

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