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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin had to make excuses because of a party with friends and assure that she did not use drugs after a video of her participation got into the network.< /p>
According to the Finnish publication Iltalehti, Marin commented on Thursday morning and denied that she was under the influence of drugs in the published videos, and said that she had nothing to hide.
"I danced, sang, celebrated, did legal things & hellip; I didn’t do drugs, I didn’t drink anything other than alcohol,” said Marin, adding that she drank light alcohol.
She also said that these were personal videos, and she did not think that they would be made public . “I knew that I was being filmed, but I believed that since the videos were private and they were filmed in a closed space, they would not be published,” said Marin.
Iltalehti newspaper reported on Wednesday that the leaked video showed the prime minister at a party with several Finnish public figures, including MP Ilmari Nurminen and host Tinni Wikström.
The leaked footage shows Marin dancing merrily with several friends, and people can be heard shouting about cocaine in the background.
According to Marin, the party took place a few weeks ago – first in two private apartments, and then continued in two bars. In total, about 20 people rested with the prime minister, the group included her friends, but also people unknown to her.
Finnish MP Mikko Kärnä from the Center Party, which is in coalition with Marin, called on the prime minister to undergo a drug test and publish the results. “People are allowed to expect this from their prime minister,” he tweeted.
The video has generated mixed reactions online. Some critics took a dim view of what they saw as irresponsible behavior, while others saw it as a potential boost to the 36-year-old prime minister's popularity.
Contributed by: Nina Petrovich