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Controversies Ahead as MPs Return to Work

Parliament began its spring term on Tuesday with a busy legislative schedule. Former finance minister Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament.

Likewise deputy speaker Seppo Kääriäinen (Centre) and second speaker, Johannes Koskinen (SDP)were re-elected along with the chairs of party groups.

Outside the chamber, the issue of MPs expenses and travel allowances was a major talking point. Under a new ruling , these are determined by where the parliamentarian's family resides.

After the formal opening ceremonies on Wednesday, lawmakers will have to get down to work quickly, with several pressing issues on the agenda.

Next Tuesday the prime minister is to present the government's spring agenda. Then parliamentary committees are to immediately begin debate on the economic stimulus package.

Next week MPs will also be handed the government's latest national security plan, which is expected to spur lengthy debate, as did its predecessor. Another urgent matter is sending more peacekeepers to Afghanistan in the run-up to local elections in August.

Later this spring the legislature is to consider a law on privacy of electronic communications, dubbed "Lex Nokia" as well as shop opening hours.

Sources: YLE

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