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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is facing a political backlash after video footage of her partying with fellow politicians and celebrities was leaked online.

The footage, published on social media on Wednesday, shows Marin and five other people dancing and singing in what appears to be a gathering held at a private home. At one point, Marin, 36, is seen on her knees with her arms behind her head, dancing and mimicking a song.

According to Finnish media reports, one of the other partygoers can seemingly be heard in the background shouting “jauhojengi”, which means “flour gang” in Finnish and is also slang for cocaine.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the party – which was reportedly also attended by Ilmari Nurminen, a member of parliament for the prime minister’s Social Democratic Party, and Finnish singer Alma – was held.

But the footage has prompted calls from Marin’s political opponents for her to take a voluntary drug test, with opposition party leader Riikka Purra saying there was a “shadow of doubt” hanging over the prime minister.

Marin on Thursday denied taking any drugs during what she described as the “wild” party in a private home and contested the perceived use of the term “jauhojengi”.

“I have not used drugs myself, or anything other than alcohol. I’ve danced, sung and partied and done perfectly legal things,” the Finnish leader told reporters, adding that she was “disappointed” that footage of the party had become public.

Marin – who in December 2019 became Finland’s youngest prime minister ever – also said she would not change in the wake of the controversy, saying she intends to continue to be the same person as before.

“I have a family life, I have a work life and I have free time to spend with my friends. Pretty much the same as many people my age,” she said. “I am going to be exactly the same person as I have been until now and I hope that it will be accepted.”

This week’s developments came after Marin was forced to issue a public apology at the end of last year for going out clubbing after coming into close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual.

The Finnish prime minister said at the time that she had missed a message telling her to isolate because she had left her work phone at home. She did not test positive for the virus.

Marin, who is open about her penchant for partying and has often been photographed at music festivals, was dubbed the “coolest politican in the world” by German news outlet Bild last week.(AL JAZEERA)


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  • BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 19 August 2022 01:43 PM

    They partied using there money and they are in trouble, this is the ethics and values of those countries. In Sri Lanka, the fellow who robs and does criminality is worshipped and gets voted over and over again. That is our ethics and values.

    Real life Friday, 19 August 2022 02:02 PM

    So what’s wrong in partying. Where ever human beings live jealousy exist. Just because she is the PM does not mean she will have to be in a “ purdah”.

    Patriot Friday, 19 August 2022 02:21 PM

    So long as the country is not bankrupt, and people not suffering, all have freedom to enjoy free-time but without use of drugs.

    Sri Lankan Friday, 19 August 2022 04:11 PM

    Whites women have no morality or any sense of shame. They would sleep with anyone they like, almost strip naked in holiday beaches and share their semi naked selves in social media, a marriage is mostly just “a temporary waiting” for the “next man” to arrive, and loads of children growing up in society with not much affection when their mothers move “from marriage to divorce to marriage “ sometimes even this being repeated. This is the life of Western Women. So, it is laughable when this female Prime Minister dancing in a private party is being portrayed in hypocritical European papers as if it is something very shocking that should not have happened in their “decent” society.

    kareem Saturday, 20 August 2022 07:28 PM

    So your parents must be equally dirty to have performed the natural act of sex, to bring you into this earth.. What horrible people to do such a dirty act

    Europeans, this is what they are Friday, 19 August 2022 05:34 PM

    On the whole European women, unlike the American women, are not good looking. So, occasionally when a good looking woman appear in the European midst specially as a public figure “ European Men” go completely crazy. This woman is unusually beautiful and very cool. European men are doing to her what they did to another European beauty Princess Diana.

    Anne Karunaratne Saturday, 20 August 2022 11:46 AM

    Cannot understand why she cannot party just like any other person??!!!

    Seqi Saturday, 20 August 2022 12:02 PM

    Europeans, this is what they are...... What does an American woman look like.... please enlighten us.......

    EUROPA Saturday, 20 August 2022 12:17 PM

    Good to see how some Sri Lankans think about European women. Then I hope for Sri Lanka that only tourists who are deeply veiled and live in a harem with at least 5 other women

    Jean Michel Müller Saturday, 20 August 2022 04:03 PM

    Sri Lankan, was haben Sie eine Vorstellung von weißen Frauen, ich glaube die meisten Frauen aus Sri Lanka träumen davon ein Leben in Europa oder Amerika zu führen in Freiheit und nicht unter der Knechtschaft srilankesischer Männer

    Nada Saturday, 20 August 2022 08:31 PM

    See how the Europeans are reacting to very FACTUAL comment by Sri Lankan. This is the problem the Westerners Can’t Handle The TRUTH,

    Jason Sunday, 21 August 2022 09:29 AM

    To the SriLankan misogynists.. commenting on attributes of white women and their lives. I don’t think there is anything wrong with her partying or her looks. She is an efficient administrator and she can enjoy her life too. I don’t expect you to understand what’s it’s like to live a free life, considering u guys have always known one master - the Chinese But at least do not forget they are the ones signing checks that’s bring you fuel and food to your table and sending your kids to school. You should have dropped your pride when the Chinese took over your land, but now isn’t too late either.

    Kirsten Andersen, white Denish woman Sunday, 21 August 2022 10:58 AM

    Sri Lankan men must be the most racist and disgusting people in the world.

    Ceylonese Sunday, 21 August 2022 01:02 PM

    This lady looks so smart and intelligent to be the Prime Minister of a great country like Finland. Though some Sri Lankans may think European women are not so beautiful they may be very intelligent than our women to lead a country at the age of 34.


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