Three opposition parties reveal interpellation against Rydman

THREE OPPOSITION PARTIESthe Green League, the Left Alliance and the Social Democrats put forward an interpellation against the Minister of Economic Affairs Wille Rydman (PS) Tuesday, reports YLE.

The interpellation concerns the manner in which the minister has behaved towards the media and private individuals, in which he attempts to determine whether such behavior is considered acceptable by other parties.

Rydman was accused of inappropriate behavior by a number of girls and young women in an investigative article published by Helsingin Sanomat in June 2022. He responded to the article by accusing the journalists of serious defamation and dissemination of information that violates personal privacy in a complaint filed with the police.

The attorney general announced earlier this month that he has decided not to file charges against the journalists, the women who made the allegations and Rydman.

Rydman, who has denied the allegations throughout the trial, has expressed his disapproval of the decision not to prosecute, claiming the decision was based on a misinterpretation of the facts.

“This interpellation is not about Minister Rydman’s past inappropriate behavior, but about his behavior as a minister.” Timo Furuholm (LA) was clarified during a joint press conference at Parliament House on Tuesday, according to YLE. “Rather than accept responsibility for his conduct, Rydman claimed the story was untrue and filed a defamation claim.”

The Greens, the Left Alliance and the Social Democrats cited Rydman’s critical statements about the journalists behind the article and argued that it is unacceptable for ministers to try to undermine public trust in the media.

“In his role as minister, he has repeatedly attacked the media and the women who reported his behavior,” he said Tytti Tuppurainenthe chairman of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group.

The three opposition parties justified the timing of the interpellation by pointing to the fact that the preliminary investigation and handling of the charges have ended.

Also Prime Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP) and Minister of European Affairs and Ownership Management Anders Adlercreutz (SFP) have explained that Rydman could not serve as a minister for their respective parties. Adlercreutz also said that the Swedish People’s Party will support Rydman because the interpellation concerns the future of the coalition government.

The Finnish Party appointed Rydman as Minister of Economy in July 2023, about six months after he joined the party following his resignation from the National Coalition. The Finns Party has insisted it does not need to reassess his position as it is satisfied with his performance as minister.

Parliament must assess the interpellation today.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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