Perussuomalaiset (PS) party chairperson Timo Soini’s silence after the Supreme Court announced that it would fine PS MP Jussi Halla-aho for defaming a religion and inciting ethnic hatred, speaks volumes about the power struggles in the right-wing populist party.
Who are the PS’ powerbrokers today: the extremist Suomen Sisu wing led by Halla-aho, or its chairman Timo Soini?
The answer to that question will be revealed tomorrow when the PS announces its replacement for Halla-aho as chairman of the administration committee.
If the PS names Juho Eerola, it will be a clear indication that Soini has lost his grip on the party.
Eerola is a close ideological ally of Halla-aho who resigned his membership from Suomen Sisu last week.
PS MP Tom Packalén, a policeman, is Eerola’s challenger.