Marin left the session immediately after the decision, According to Helsingin Sanomat.
Juha Mäenpää (PS) gave the only statement of the plenary session, drawing attention to the mandates the representatives received from the general public. According to him, the representative leaving shortly after the election is unfair not only to the voters, but also to other candidates in the constituency.
“The position of representative is not your ordinary job, but one of the highest elections in Finland”, he reminded and expressed his support for clearer resignation rules.
Helsingin Sanomat wrote on Tuesday that typically the resignation applications of the representatives are rubber-stamped without a discussion, according to the spokesperson of the parliament.
According to the Finnish Constitution, a representative can only be relieved of his duties for an acceptable reason. Marin announced last week that he has requested to be relieved of his duties due to his appointment as a strategic advisor to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI), a political consultancy based in London, UK.
Named after a former British Prime Minister Tony BlairTBI has revealed that Marin’s task is to advise the political leaders of different countries on reforms.
Halla-aho stated on Friday that Marin should have discussed the issue with the speakers first: “It would have made decision-making easier. Now we had to read the information in the media.”
“One problem is that the idea of a ‘socially significant position’ has become more liberal in recent years. The rules should be the same for everyone, he said to YLE. “Now we made a decision based on the established practice of previous election periods. Our understanding is that although interpretations vary, each case must be considered separately.”
Marin himself said yesterday that he believed the process went “fairly properly”.
“I am facing a new beginning and a new door has opened,” he said quoted saying For YLE journalists outside the meeting room of the SDP group.
Marin had received the second most votes in the parliamentary elections held in April, and he received 36,628 votes in the Pirkanmaa electoral district. He will be replaced Lotta Hamari (SDP), which received 2,675 votes in the district.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page