The new Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, Maria Lohela, has declined to comment on her past writings critical of immigration. In an Yle interview Saturday, she did however point to what she sees as a need for progress in equality of the sexes in some Islamic countries.

Interviewed on Yle TV1's morning show on Saturday, the new Speaker of Parliament, Maria Lohela, commented briefly on her current views on Islam.

"If we look elsewhere in the world - take some of the Islamic countries - we cannot say that development and progress in matters related to equality of the sexes have been made there in the same way as here. There is much to be done in those countries so that people can freely say what they think and participate in society and democracy," said Lohela.

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