A Finns Party MP who was sanctioned for forcibly kissing another politician against her will is on long-term sick leave.
Teuvo Hakkarainen previously said he would stop drinking and seek help for alcohol issues, after a December incident where he forcibly kissed National Coalition Party MP Veera Ruoho.
Now, parliament confirms he won’t be back at work until the end of February.
The December incident happened the same evening the Finns Party hosted a Christmas shindig at Parliament, an event that Veera Ruoho did not attend.
Ruoho told MTV Uutiset that Hakkarainen suddenly accosted her after she left a plenary session and then forcibly kissed her.
Hakkarainen apologised for the incident, and the Finns party stripped him of his role as 2nd Vice Chair, saying “if a person is unable to control his behaviour, he should not be intoxicated”.
The parliamentary group warned Hakkarainen that if that sort of behaviour was repeated, he would be kicked out of the party.