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SDP and Left Alliance propose no-confidence motion for Anne Berner

Transport Minister Anne Berner faces stiff opposition from the Social Democrats and the Left Alliance, who are moving for a vote of no confidence due to the so-called Finavia scandal.

Anne Berner eduskunnassa 22. helmikuuta 2017
Transport Minister Anne Berner's speech in Parliament did not convince opposition parties. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

The Social Democratic Party on Wednesday proposed a parliamentary vote of no confidence for Minister of Transport and Communications, the Centre Party's Anne Berner for her allegedly malfeasant conduct towards the board of state aviation company Finavia.

A full session of Parliament reviewed a recent audit committee report on her activities on Wednesday.

"Because Berner's defence of her actions did not ring true, the SDP's parliamentary group proposes a vote of no confidence," the motion reads.

The Left Alliance soon announced its support of the SDP's proposal.

The audit committee handed in its report on Berner's Finavia activities last Friday. It states that the minister did not behave according to "established standards" in the autumn of 2015.

SDP leader Antti Rinne said on Wednesday that Berner went behind the Finavia board's back when she pressured its members not to bring legal action against former managers who had made risky derivative investments.

The Social Democrats criticised Berner with strong turns of phrase in Parliament, while the Centre Party defended their own minister. Of the other government parties only the National Coalition Party's Harry Harkimo spoke at the session, in favour of Berner.

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