‘Forcible Kiss’ MP Stripped Of Role, Seeks Alcohol Help

Hakkarainen got drunk at a Finns Party Christmas shindig, and accosted Kokoomus MP Veera Ruoho.

File photo: Teuvo Hakkarainen MP (Finns) / Credit: Official website

A Finns Party MP who forcibly kissed another politician has received a ‘serious warning’ from his party officials, and been stripped of his role as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Finns Party in parliament.

Teuvo Hakkarainen has apologised for forcibly kissing National Coalition Party MP Veera Ruoho last Thursday. That was the same evening the Finns Party hosted a Christmas shindig at Parliament, although Ruoho did not attend the event.

Hakkarainen says he will stop drinking, and seek help for alcohol issues. The Finns Party parliamentary group said in a statement that “if a person is unable to control his behaviour, he should not be intoxicated”.

The parliamentary group warned Hakkarainen that if this sort of behaviour is repeated, he would be kicked out of the party, but said at this time, there’s no grounds to take such action.

MP Veera Ruoho told MTV News that Hakkarainen forcibly kissed her after she had left a plenary session and suddenly Hakkarainen accosted her.