Immigration hardliner to head Finns Party
An immigration hardliner has been elected as leader of a eurosceptic group in Finland.
The Finns Party voted in Jussi Halla-aho on Saturday as its chairman to replace Foreign Minister Timo Soini, who stepped down after two 10-year terms as chairman on the country's three-party centre-right government.
Mr Halla-aho, 46 - a member of the European Parliament - was convicted in 2012 for making racist statements.
His stance could mark a change for the Finns, which until now has distanced itself from far-right parties in Europe - something that enabled it to enter the government in 2015.
However, Mr Halla-aho may toughen the party's nationalistic line, spelling trouble for Finland's governing coalition. The two other partners have said there will be no changes in the government programme.