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Foreign Minister Timo Soini is a devoted Catholic and according to him, he has performed his duties as a foreign minister well. “I have not done anything wrong,” he said previously. In the picture, Soini during a press conference with his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil, in 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Blue Reform) survives the no-confidence vote in the parliament’s plenary session on Friday afternoon.

100 MPs voted for confidence in Soini while 60 MPs didn’t have faith in Soini to continue as a foreign minister. Among those who believe in Soini’s capabilites to continue in his duties was Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Center), and all his fellow party members from the Center party (47), the National Coalition party (32), the Blue Reform (16) and the Christian Democratic party (5).

The parties in the opposition—the SDP, the Greens, the Left Alliance, and the SPP—suggested that the parliament holds a no-confidence vote after opposing Soini’s views on abortion and the fact that he joined an anti-abortion march during his official visit as a foreign minister in Canada in May.

Since then, Soini has been very open about his thoughts and opinions regarding abortion; in a nutshell: “I defend the holiness of life in all circumstances. I have done so throughout my life. This same conviction has followed me through my political career and will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he said in his blog in early September.

According to Soini, it’s about the freedom of speech, opinion and religion. “And that can a devoted Catholic Christian work as a foreign minister of Finland during this Year of Mercy, 2018. It’s a big question. We will get an answer in the plenary session of the parliament.”

And so we did.