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Blue Reform to skip presidential elections

The forming Blue Reform group's chair, Sampo Terho announces that his association – which is vying for party status – will give its supporters the opportunity to freely choose their own candidate in next year's presidential run.

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Blue Reform chair Sampo Terho pictured in the background. Image: Jarno Kuusinen / AOP

The Finns Party breakaway association Blue Reform announced Saturday that it will not be appointing a candidate for the 2018 presidential elections.

Group chair Sampo Terho went on Yle's morning programme to say that Blue Reform currently has so much on its plate as it undergoes the process of becoming a registered political party that it will not be participating in the elections.

"Our supporters can vote for whomever they see fit and pinpoint issues of their own choosing," Terho said.

On Monday Blue Reform representatives handed in the required 5,000 support pledges to the Ministry of Justice for the association to become registered as a party. Terho says his association will not align itself as a group with any presidential candidate.

Should the group have wanted to take part in the elections, as an association it would have had to gather four times the amount of its already acquired pledges in order to found a qualified constituency association.

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