Opposition politicians called on Sanna Marin to take a drug test after a video of her party circulated online.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin faces political backlash after video footage of a party with fellow politicians and celebrities was leaked online.
Footage released to social media on Wednesday showed Marin and five others dancing and singing at a rally believed to be held in a private home. At one point, Malin, 36, is seen getting down on her knees, dancing with her arms behind her head and mimicking her singing.
According to Finnish media reports, one of the other partygoers appears to be yelling “jauhojengi” in the background.
It was not immediately clear when the party, which was also reportedly attended by the prime minister’s Social Democratic parliamentarian Ilmari Nurminen and Finnish singer Alma, was held.
However, the footage sparked calls from Marin’s political opponents to take voluntary drug tests, with opposition leader Raika Pura saying there was a “shadow of suspicion” hanging over the prime minister.
Marin on Thursday denied taking drugs during what she described as a “wild” party at a private home, and disputed her perceived use of the term “Jauho Jengi.” I got
“I myself never used drugs or anything other than alcohol. He added that he was “disappointed” by the release of the video.
Marin, who became Finland’s youngest prime minister in December 2019, said he would not change after the controversy and would remain the same person he was before.
“I have a family life, I have a work life, and I have free time to spend with my friends. Much like many people my age,” she said. “I’m going to be exactly the same person I’ve always been. I hope that’s accepted.”
This week’s development comes after Marin was forced to issue a public apology late last year for going out to a club after being in close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual.
The Finnish prime minister said at the time that she had left her work phone at home and had missed the message telling her to quarantine.
Malin, who is an avowed party lover and is often photographed at music festivals, was called “the coolest politician in the world” by German news outlet Bild last week.