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Parliament bans VKK deputy chair over secret photo of colleague

The party official Tweeted a non-consensual photo of a female MP in the parliament building's cafeteria.

VKK party official Jarno Vähökainu took an non-consensual photo of Green MP Iiris Suomela (pictured) in Parliament. Image: Lehtikuva

Second vice-chair of the Power Belongs to the People Party (VKK), Jarno Vähäkainu, received a ban from Parliament on Monday after secretly taking a photo of MP Iiris Suomela (Green) and posting it on social media.

The ban will be in effect until the end of this parliamentary term. However, the ban does not apply to sitting in the public gallery during plenary sessions, according to a statement from parliament on Monday.

Speaker of the Parliament, Matti Vanhanen (Centre), made the rare decision after speaking with a group of party chairs.

Vähäkainu photographed Suomela in the Parliament's cafeteria on Tuesday of last week and posted it on social media without her knowledge or approval.

In the caption, Vähäkainu wrote that he had experienced "quite a bit of sexual harassment" in Parliament— apparently referencing allegations of sexual misconduct by MP Ville Rydman's (NCP) that made headlines last week.

Vanhanen, appearing on Yle TV's breakfast show last week, said that Vähäkainu's actions were entirely inappropriate.

"It was never even thought that something like this could happen. Normally, it is common sense and custom not to do this," Vanhanen said

VKK chair Ano Turtiainen has said he saw no wrong with the photo. Before founding the VKK, Turtiainen was kicked out of the Finns Party over his behaviour on social media.