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Timo Soini announces plans to author book on populism

The caretaker minister's pronouncement ends speculation about his future plans, after his April announcement that he was leaving politics.

Timo Soini
Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini Image: Mauri Ratilainen / Yle

Outgoing Foreign Minister and ex-Finns Party chair Timo Soini announced in his popular blog on Saturday that he intends to write a book on populism.

Earlier this year, the veteran politician chose not to run for re-election as a candidate in the general elections and also refused to run for a MEP position in the European elections.

Soini was a co-founder of the Finns Party back in 1995 and is largely credited with bringing the anti-immigrant party into the mainstream.

He says his book will spell out both populism and populists for the public.

"What is it that drives or possesses them? This is no flash-in-the-pan phenomenon. When it comes to the world of politics, populism has come to stay," Soini wrote in his blog.

Soini also confirmed that he had agreed to a few future speaking engagement invitations, to talk about "earthly and heavenly matters".

Soini is already the author of two other books: Maisterisjätkä (roughly translated as "Academic Everyman") in 2008 and Peruspomo ("Ordinary Boss") in 2014. Soini wrote his Master's thesis on the topic of populism in 1988.

Soini announced in April that he would be ending his political career. He said he would serve out his term as minister and then be a "free Finnish man". Soini will serve as Finland's caretaker foreign minister until a new government coalition is formed and takes office.

He said his new book will be complete before the year is out.

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