FINLAND’S under pressure party PM Sanna Marin gave a tearful speech defending herself after a string of wild leaked photos and videos.
The 36-year-old’s private life has come under scrutiny after a flurry of clips were released of her enjoying herself at a party while two friends were seen topless kissing at her official residence.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin tearfully delivered a speech at a meeting of her Social Democratic party in LahtiCredit: AP
She defended her record and described a difficult weekCredit: AP
Ms Marin is one of the world’s youngest world leaders aged just 36Credit: AP
“I am human,” Sanna Marin said as she fought to hold back tears at her Social Democratic Party’s (SDP) event in Lahti city, north of Helsinki.
“And I too sometimes long for joy, light and fun amidst these dark clouds.”
“It’s private, it’s joy, and it’s life,” she said. “But I haven’t missed a single day of work.”
Mum-of-one Ms Marin, 36 – one of the world’s youngest leaders – is fighting off claims from opponents she is “immature” and not in full control of running Finland.
However, others say she is the victim of double standards as the behaviour of older male politicians is rarely commented on.
She has also been boosted by women across the world posting videos of themselves dancing in “solidarity”.
A video leaked last week — which caused headlines around the world — showed Marin dancing and partying with a group of friends and celebrities.
Her dancing in the video has been criticised by some as inappropriate behaviour for a prime minister, while others have defended her right to enjoy a private event with friends.
Some also interpreted comments heard on the video as referring to narcotics, something heavily debated on social media and strongly denied by the prime minister.
In a bid to clear up any suspicion, she took a drug test on Friday and tested negative.
And on Tuesday, Marin apologised for a photo taken at her taxpayer-funded residence in July of two women kissing.
The women – understood to be TV personality Sabina Särkkä and poet Natalia Kallio – were seen lifting their tops to bare their torsos and covering their breasts with a sign that says “Finland”.
She said she and her pals headed back to the palace after attending the Ruisrock music festival when the duo seized the photo opportunity.
Marin said the last week had been “quite difficult”.
Her party supported her during the video controversy but local media reported the new picture this week has led to increasing criticism within the Social Democrats.
“Sanna Marin is highly popular, but there is growing frustration within the party at the repeated scandals,” Helsingin Sanomat newspaper wrote on Tuesday, after talking with SDP MPs.
It comes after video emerged of Sanna grinding with glamorous ex-model Särkkä on a nightclub dance floor in the early hours.
Two of Sanna Marin’s influencer pals posed topless at a party in her official residenceCredit: Twitter/@TRetrospective
Her model pal Sabina flaunted her festival outfit before getting steamy with a topless womanCredit: Instagram
Marin continued the party at her official residence after attending the Ruisrock festivalCredit: Instagram
Other clubbers watched in astonishment as the pair wrapped their arms round each other and the PM writhed with one leg between Sabina’s.
And the clip was reportedly filmed at trendy nightspot Klubi on the same night Sanna was seen dancing intimately with pop star Olavi Uusivirta.
Olavi, 38, later denied having an affair with the married PM and insisted they are “just good friends”.
On Friday, she agreed to take a drug test – paid for herself – following noisy demands from opposition MPs.
It came back negative on Monday, her office said.
But critics pointed out the length of time that had elapsed since another private party where she was filmed dancing and singing with showbiz pals including a rapper and a TV star.
In a press conference last week, Marin said she had been drinking lightly on the night in question but had not taken drugs and was always in an appropriate condition to “lead the country”.
An earlier leaked video posted on social media showed Ms Marin with Finnish singer Alma, rapper Petri Nygard, TV host Tinni Wikstrom, along with social media influencers and MPs from her own Social Democratic party.
Sanna Marin dancing with former beauty queen Sabina Särkkä
On the same night the party-loving PM was seen with pop star Olavi Uusivirta
Leaked video showed her twerking with celeb pals
The clip was published by Finnish tabloid Iltalehti and shows the PM dancing, singing and drinking with pals in what appears to be an apartment.
At one stage someone off-camera refers to “powder gang”, allegedly as alluding to cocaine, although Ms Marin strenuously denied seeing any drugs at the bash.
She has defended her behaviour and insists she has nothing to hide, adding that she “resents” the fact the footage of her in a “private space” has been leaked.
“I’m disappointed that it has become public,” she said.
“I spent the evening with friends. Partied, pretty wild, yes. Danced and sang.”
She added: “I have not used drugs myself, or anything other than alcohol.
“I’ve danced, sung and partied and done perfectly legal things. I have also not been in a situation where I would know that others are doing it that way.”
Amid a political row, many women have come to her defence and accused her critics of double standards.
“Why can’t she party after work? Do we expect our leaders not to be human beings?” tweeted Ashok Swain, a professor at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Spanish politician Iratxe García Pérez said: “How shocking!!! A young politician who does her job and enjoys her private life… Why can’t a young woman have fun?
“I can’t stand gender double standards. All my support to @MarinSanna.”
Ms Marin has said previously she and other politicians have faced unfair criticism because they are women.
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