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Movement Now closes in on formal political party status

The group submitted the 5,000 signatures needed to become a political party to the Justice Ministry on Friday.

Liike Nyt -yhdistyksen Harry Harkimo luovutti 5 000 kannattajakorttia oikeusministeriöön Helsingissä perjantaina 20. syyskuuta.
Movement Now leader Harry Harkimo handed over the support cards to the Ministry of Justice in Helsinki on Friday. Image: Jussi Nukari / Lehtikuva

Movement Now (Liike Nyt), the political group led by MP Harry Harkimo, submitted the 5,000 support cards it required to officially register as a political party to the Ministry of Justice on Friday.

The group originally intended to operate outside the party system. However, Harkimo said he realised that a political group that is not an official party will not fare well in domestic politics.

"All the polls and other aspects are structured in such a way that you cannot move forward or succeed if you are not a party," he said on Yle’s Saturday morning discussion programme Ykkösaamu earlier this year.

Harkimo reiterated the idea in a press release on Friday. ”As a registered party, the actual support we receive turns into seats in the city council and parliament, something that is not easy to achieve as an association due to the electoral system,”

Movement Now made the decision to register as a political party in June. Harkimo was the only representative of the group to be elected to the parliament last spring.

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