HELSINKI – Minister survives ‘mask-gate’

With 106 votes in favour and 79 against, Finland’s Family and Social Services Minister, Krista Kiuru (SDP), made it through her confidence vote on Wednesday, which was brought by the conservative National Coalition party (NCP). The conservatives criticised the minister for her poor and conflicting communication on recommendations especially relating to the use of protective masks.

According to the opposition, Kiuru’s ministry provided guidance on the use of face masks that was not consistent with the best available information at the time, acting against the opinion of health experts. The minister based her defence on the new and continuously changing situation during spring.

This incident shows that truce between the government and the opposition is over and that the coronavirus is now a subject like any other. Besides, one could speculate that the real reason for the NCP’s motion of confidence against Kiuru might have been a way to make things more difficult for the Centre Party, which is currently part of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s red and green dominated government. Retaliation is just a matter of time.

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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