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Parliament unanimously decides to dismiss Auditor General

The motion was passed without a vote as no counter-arguments were submitted during the plenary session.

Tytti Yli-Viikari had argued there were no legal grounds for her dismissal. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

Parliament has decided to dismiss Tytti Yli-Viikari from her role as Auditor General of the National Audit Office of Finland (VTV).

The motion calling for Yli-Viikari to be dismissed, put forward by Parliament's Chancellery Commission on Tuesday, was passed without a vote as no counter-arguments were submitted during Wednesday's plenary session.

The decision marks the first time Finland's Parliament has dismissed such a high-ranking civil servant.

Yli-Viikari was suspended from her post in April following an expenses scandal which suggested that she had spent about 5,000 euros of public money on hairdressing and beauty services, as well as separate questions over her use of Finnair Plus flight points.

Before the decision regarding her future at the office's top post, she argued that there were no legal grounds for her dismissal.

Prior to the motion being carried, MPs discussed Yli-Viikari and the National Audit Office during a lengthy plenary session, with a wide consensus that the dismissal was necessary, as was the restoration of trust in the agency's work.

"The Auditor General's actions have significantly undermined confidence in VTV's own financial management and the functioning of internal control, as well as damaged the agency's public image," Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto (Green) said.

Speaker of Parliament Anu Vehviläinen (Cen) indicated that the decision is effective immediately.