Finland's breakaway MPs adopt blue as their color

2017-06-19 13:00:16 GMT2017-06-19 21:00:16(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HELSINKI, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The breakaway Members of Parliament from the Finns Party on Monday announced their new name to be "the Blue Future" in Finnish and Swedish, but adopted "Blue Reform" as their official English name.

Blue as a colour is connected with patriotic attitudes in Finland. The country's flag depicts a blue cross on a white background. But it was not clear why the message of the name in English underlines reform while the name in domestic languages underlines the future.

Last week, the populist Finns Party parliamentary group broke up as at least 20 MPs seceded. They included all the party's ministers in the government led by the centrist prime minister Juha Sipila.

At this stage, 20 MPs have formed a registered association. It will become a political party following the collection of the required 5,000 signatures in support of being eligible to be registered as a political party.

The group told media on Monday they want to reform Finland and in the process respect the "human dignity of everyone". It also underlined the independence of states as actors on the international scene.

The series of events began earlier this month, when right wing radical Jussi Halla-aho was elected as the chairman of the Finns Party.

Last week, the two leading parties of the ruling coalition, the Center Party and the conservative National Coalition Party, concluded they could not work together with the Finns Party as the party led by Halla-aho would change its ideology.

Prime minister Sipila was on his way to the presidential summer residence to submit a formal resignation when he cancelled the plan at the last minute following the break-up of the previous True Finns group.

The secessionists, together with the centrists and conservatives, remain in the ruling coalition, while the original Finns Party became opposition.

Political analysts in Finland have said the secessionist grouping made it possible for the government to continue. But in a parliamentary debate on Monday, the current opposition parties criticized strongly the way the government continued without resigning.

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