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Soini Jubilant: Today is Payday

True Finns Chairman Timo Soini was met by cheers and applause from party members at a post-election victory celebration in Helsinki.

Timo Soini perussuomalaisten vaalivalvojaisissa.
Timo Soini perussuomalaisten vaalivalvojaisissa. Image: Yle


"Good friends, it was a big upset! Political history has been made."



He told supporters that it is worth believing in one's cause and hold to one's path, even at the risk of being ridiculed.



"The True Finns gained a representative from every electoral district."



"We won both the elections and the polls," Soini shouted over the cheers of his audience.



"We know that miracles happen, when you make them happen."



He thanked supporters for backing him through good and bad times during his close to 14 years heading up the party.



"Today is payday!" he exclaimed.



Soini also said Sunday he wanted to see new negotiations on a bailout package for euro member Portugal. Asked by Reuters whether the True Finns would push for new discussions over a deal for Portugal, Soini said: "Yes of course... It is a bad deal."

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