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Soini: True Finns Are Not Extremists

True Finns Party Chair Timo Soini refuted claims that his party is a right-wing extremist group. On YLE’s Saturday morning programme Ykkösaamu, former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen of the Social Democrat Party said Soini should be concerned about extremism in his party following the municipal elections.

Timo Soini Image: YLE

Soini said that Lipponen’s words demonstrate that the True Finns are now viewed seriously as a political rival.

”I don’t really understand what he's talking about. Elections are held so that voices are heard. The True Finns are not an extremist group. This party is neither left-wing nor right-wing,” Soini told YLE.

“This is a Finnish people’s movement that has nothing to do with extremism,” he added.

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