The opposition Finns Party parliamentary group is calling again for an interpellation on Finland’s internal security. The populist party’s delegation has invited the other opposition groups in the legislature to negotiations on an interpellation next Tuesday.
Finns Party MPs tried to push for a similar interpellation in December. The attempt failed as the rest of opposition declined to join them in challenging the government.
Launching an interpellation requires the support of at least 20 lawmakers in the 200-seat chamber. Following the defection of many key members – including party founder Timo Soini – to form the new Blue Reform party in the summer of 2017, the Finns Party now has just 17 seats.
Political analysts say the nationalist party hopes to expand that share in this spring’s elections by focusing on recent criminal cases involving suspects of immigrant background.
The party wants to call the government on the carpet over domestic safety, accusing it of failing on asylum policy, maintaining societal peace and particularly child protection.
The parliamentary group’s chair, Leena Meri, a first-term MP from Hyvinkää, accuses the cabinet of flagrantly failing to ensure internal security.