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Thu, 22 Oct, 2015 12:05:16 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 22
Vesa-Matti Saarakkala in parliament. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The chair of the Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) parliamentary group Sampo Terho on Wednesday said that the party at a meeting of the group last week warned its parliamentary group member Ve-sa-Matti Saarakkala regarding his threat to quit.
The caution relates to Saarakkala's earlier announcement that he will quit the party's parliamentary group if the party's council, the party's parliamentary group and the party's executive board do  not organise a joint party convention.
Saarakkala was cautioned during the party's parliamentary group meeting and the decision was taken by the parliamentary group unanimously, Tehro told News Agency STT.
“The group wanted to outline the caution that the group cannot be pressured to make decisions publicly,” Terho said.
The demand for a joint meeting was intended to discuss the party's continuation in the coalition government. Saarakkala, however, later withdrew the threat to quit the party's parliamentary group.
“He has also apologised to the group for making the announcement,” Terho said.
The party issuance of caution is the second mildest punishment. The first scale is giving of notice and the third time the party can suspend an MP from the parliamentary group.
The news of Saarakkala being cautioned was first reported by Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV.
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