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Finns Party pulls no-confidence motion over Greek refugees

The Finns Party parliamentary group said that it is ready to back united efforts to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Ville Tavio
Finns Party parliamentary group chair Ville Tavio. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

The opposition Finns Party's parliamentary group has announced that it will temporarily withdraw a parliamentary question and related no-confidence motion over the government's asylum policy.

In the interpellation, the party is demanding answers on Finland's policy toward refugees at the Greek-Turkish border. It also wants government to outline measures it will take if migrant from that region try to enter Finland.

The nationalist party said that it will return to the issue once the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis is over.

"A no-confidence vote is an essential part of the interpellation. I'm sure everyone understands that we cannot entertain the thought of bringing down the government in a situation where there is a crisis ongoing," parliamentary group chair Ville Tavio told news agency STT.

The largest opposition group had tabled the interpellation on 11 March and the government was due to respond on Wednesday.

"The government has had difficulty demonstrating its ability to operate during the coronavirus crisis and by withdrawing the interpellation, the Finns Party wants to tell the government that now is the time to act," the party declared in a statement.

"The Finns Party parliamentary group is ready to support all joint efforts to overcome this crisis together," it added.

On Tuesday, the government led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin was said to be considering expanding restrictions on the the freedom to gather, including by ordering the closure of restaurants and night clubs.

A decision one way or the other was expected on Tuesday evening.

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