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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.



From Belfast Telegraph