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Iltalehti: Former Finns Party leader on sick leave

MP Jussi Halla-aho told tabloid newspaper Iltalehti that he will not be back in Parliament until 3 October, but would not comment further.

Perussuomalaisten puheenjohtaja Jussi Halla-aho osallistui Pasilassa Ylen kuntavaalitenttiin 18. toukokuuta.
Jussi Halla-aho. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

The former chair of the Finns Party, MP Jussi Halla-aho, has not participated in any parliamentary sessions for over four weeks, tabloid newspaper Iltalehti has reported.

IL wrote that Halla-aho has been absent from all nine of Parliament's plenary sessions since the end of last month, and during this time has also missed meetings of Parliament's Grand Committee — which discusses legislative, budget and treaty issues relating to the EU — as well as those of the Administrative Committee.

The former Finns Party leader's absence has also been noted in the minutes of Parliament.

Halla-aho confirmed to Iltalehti that he is on sick leave until 3 October, but he was not willing to comment further.

Halla-aho last attended a plenary session on 20 August, when Parliament met to discuss the deployment of the Finnish Defence Forces for a security operation in the area surrounding Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan.

In June, the then-leader of the populist Finns Party caused a stir when he unexpectedly announced that he was not planning to seek re-election to the role of party chair. Kirkkonummi MP Riikka Purra was subsequently elected leader of the party at a summer congress in the city of Seinäjoki on 14 August.

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