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NCP: Finns Party has turned Parliament's question hour into immigration debate

The National Coalition Party says the Finns Party’s immigration rhetoric has hijacked Parliament’s weekly question hour.

Perussuomalaisten puheenjohtaja, kansanedustaja Jussi Halla-aho puhuu eduskunnan suullisella kyselytunnilla Helsingissä 26. syyskuuta 2019.
Finns Party chair Jussi Halla-aho speaking at parliamentary question hour on 24 October. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The conservative National Coalition's online Verkkouutiset says the subject of immigration has dominated Finns Party MPs' speeches during parliamentary question hour since Antti Rinne's government took office.

The publication reports that hard-right populist Finns Party MPs have either raised the issue of immigration or foreigners during nine of the 11 parliamentary question hours this term. These weekly sessions are an opportunity for legislators to put questions to the government about its policy on current topics.

The Finns Party has only on two occasions last month—3 and 17 October—brought up issues other than immigration.

As the largest opposition party in Parliament, the Finns Party has the right to pose the first question, which generally leads to a half hour discussion, swallowing half of the 60-minute session.

The National Coalition Party is the second-largest opposition party after the Finns Party, following general elections earlier this year.

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