Finland’s political leaders voiced shock and concern at the events in Washington DC on Wednesday that were attended by supporters of President Donald Trump storms the U.S. Capitol and temporarily suspends Congressional certification for Joe Biden’s presidential victory from

Finland’s President Sauli Niinist spoke to Yle late Wednesday and said it had been a “very confusing” evening

“The news became more and more incomprehensible as the evening went on,” said Niinistö. “It is very difficult to understand how something like this can happen in an established democracy”

Earlier in the day the first news came from the US capital, the president wrote on Twitter about his reaction to the events

“Every moment now brings a new impossibility from Washington: There is an incredible democratic nightmare,” wrote the President

Since the November election, President Trump has repeatedly questioned the outcome of the vote in which his opponent Joe Biden was elected president-elect

On Wednesday, the US Congress was supposed to confirm Biden’s election victory, but the session was suspended when an armed crowd of Trump supporters stormed the building

Niinist¶ added that he hoped the declaration of a 12-hour overnight curfew in Washington DC, as well as Trump’s urging from his supporters to return home, would help ease tensions, but that events do have one would have lasting effects on US democracy

“It is quite a blow to democracy that something like this can happen. Perhaps it will also teach the next government that respect for democracy must be maintained and perhaps even strengthened,” Niinist said, adding, that President-elect Joe Biden is facing quite a task in trying to unite a divided nation

“Definitely worth considering the reasons why the Trump phenomenon set in in the last election, I think the answer is that there are people who have been dissatisfied with the state of things These causes and Causes of the discontent must now be addressed, “said Niinistö

The events on Wednesday will also have an impact on world politics, the president said, since the US is such a major player on the global stage

“American democracy has long been a role model for the world. Its integrity and continuation are important to all of us,” wrote the official Twitter account of the President’s Office

The rest of the Finnish political leadership followed the events in Washington closely and condemned the actions of the supporters of President Trump

“The attack on Capitol Hill in Washington DC is a very serious and worrying matter It shows the importance of firmly and strong defending democracy at all times,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) tweeted

In the meantime, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (green), who also wrote on Twitter, called for an immediate end to the violence

“Finland follows the shocking news from the US, one of the oldest democracies in the world Election results should always be respected The violence must stop immediately,” said Haavisto

“The intrusion into the US Capitol is incredible and shameful. Democracy must be defended everywhere and always,” wrote Tuppurainen

Among the other leaders of the Finnish ruling parties, Center Party leader Annika Saarikko said that respect for election results is not a matter of opinion and affects both winners and losers, while leader of the Greens, Maria Ohisalo, called for the election result to be respected

Condemnation was also widespread among the Finnish opposition parties The chairman of the NCP, Petteri Orpo, called for compliance with the result of a free and fair election

Christian Democratic Party leader Sari Essayah condemned incitement to violence and the intrusion of Trump supporters into the Capitol, while Finnish MP Jani Mäkel said violence should not be part of the democratic process

President Niinisté called the storming of the Washington DC Capitol building on Wednesday a “democratic nightmare”

The political turmoil in the United States dominates the headlines domestically, but the newspapers have also highlighted everyday issues closer to home

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