Veera Ruoho, a first-term Member of the Parliament from Espoo, has decided to join the National Coalition Parliamentary Group after leaving the Finns Party Parliamentary Group along with 21 other members on 13 June, 2017.
“I’m delighted that she has joined our group and will give her a warm welcome,” Kalle Jokinen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, said in a news conference on Friday - informed helsinkitimes.
Ruoho, a former police officer, pointed out in a press release that she is following in the footsteps of many other ex-police officers turned politicians by joining the National Coalition.
“The National Coalition is an influential party and a party with a thorough understanding of national security and the factors contributing to it, a fact that is important to me personally as a former police officer. The National Coalition has traditionally been the political home of police officers, so my moving there was not difficult also in that respect,” she wrote.
“Another important factor is the work for women and children that I have come to understand in civilian crisis management duties,” added Ruoho.
Ruoho and Arja Juvonen, a second-term Member of the parliament from Kuopio, were the only ones of the 22 legislators who chose not to join the newly-established New Alternative Parliamentary Group. Juvonen announced earlier last week she has decided to re-join the Finns Party Parliamentary Group.
The three ruling parliamentary groups will as a result hold 106 of the 200 seats in the Finnish Parliament. One of the seats, however, belongs to Maria Lohela (NA) who as the Speaker of the Parliament is unable to participate in votes.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva
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