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Finnish PM Sanna Marin says videos of her ‘noisy’ party shouldn’t have been made public

Videos showed Marin, the 36-year-old Finnish leader, dancing with friends in a private setting.

“These videos are private and filmed in a private space. I don’t like them being known to the public,” Marin told reporters in Kuopio, Finland.

“I spent a night with my friends. We just partied, also in a loud way. I danced and sang,” she said.

The footage shows Marin and five other people posing for a camera and dancing. Another clip appears to show Marin on the floor, singing towards the camera.

This had prompted some of Marin’s opponents to criticize his behavior as unbecoming of a prime minister. Mikko Karna, opposition MP, tweeted that Marin should undergo a drug test.

Marin told reporters that alcohol was consumed but she was unaware of any drug use at the party.

Meanwhile, her supporters have defended her and accused critics of applying a double standard.

“Why can’t she party after work? Are our leaders not expected to be human beings?” tweeted Ashok Swain, professor of peace and conflict research at Sweden’s Uppsala University.

Marin denied that the leaked videos were part of a blackmail scheme. “I am not being blackmailed. These are private videos and they were not meant to be public,” the Prime Minister said, adding that “they are being filmed this summer and in a private home. I’m not saying who it is.”

This is not the first time that Marin’s private life has been politicized in Finland. She previously apologized to the public in 2021 after a photo surfaced of her in a nightclub, after Finland’s foreign minister tested positive for Covid-19.

“I did wrong. I should have looked into the situation more carefully,” Marin said in a TV interview with public broadcaster Yle at the time.

But she also said that she is “an individual, a person, a real person too, even though I am Prime Minister. So I will not change the way I behave. Of course I have to be careful what I say”. because it can be represented as the whole government, but I’m still a person and I will be in the future too.”


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