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Mon, 04 Jan, 2016 12:30:39 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jan 4
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) lawmakers Pentti Oinonen and Olli Immonen as well as the Suomen ruotsalainen kansanpuolue (Swedish People’s Party of Finland-RKP) lawmaker Mats Nylund have missed most of the sessions in the current parliament last year.
The sessions of the current parliament began in May 2015 after the national polls in April.
There were a total of 85 plenary sessions last year of which Oinonen missed 48, Nylund 45 and Immonen missed 26 sessions.
Oinonen’s and Nylund’s absenteeism was due to illness as both the lawmakers underwent surgery.
“The back was operated five times in a year,” Oinonen told the news agency STT.
Nylund had major abdominal surgery at the end of November.
So far Immonen has not made any comment to the news agency STT while asked the reason behind his absenteeism.
The members of parliament are not obliged to present a separate sick-leave note to parliament.
The information was based on lawmakers’ absenteeism statistics maintained by parliament.
The fourth on the absenteeism list is Suomen Keskusta (Centre Party) lawmaker Alatalo. STT, however, failed to reach him.
RKP first-time parliamentarian Joakim Strand also skipped some of the sessions. 
He said the reason for absenteeism was because of a number of important official responsibilities in his home region – the electoral district of Vaasa.
“Sometimes, for instance, lobbying in Brussels is more important than formal presence in the plenary session,” Strand said.
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