The 36-years-old young PM of Finland, Sanna Marin is in the headlines after a video of her enjoying a party in a wild manner surfaced all over the internet. Marin faced huge outrage after the video went viral and meanwhile the opposition has fired shots over Marin for this act and has also demanded a drug test.
In the video, which appears to have been shot at a party in a private residence, Finnish PM Sanna Marin is seen drinking and dancing with a group of friends. The video features several prominent Finnish public figures, including singer Alma, YouTuber Ilona Ylikorpi and TV host Tinni Wikstrom. The Finnish PM appears to be hugging her friends and singing and dancing along to Finnish pop music on the floor.
After facing criticism from Finnish Citizens and opposition, Sanna Marin said at a recent press conference that, “I have danced, sung, celebrated, done legal things,” according to Euro News. “I have a family life, a work life and also my free time, and I spend time with my friends,” Marin added.
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According to a BBC Report, opposition party leader Riika Purra, has called for Sanna Marin to take a drug test. Other political leaders have criticized her for partying despite the domestic issues plaguing Finland. A large number of netizens criticized the young PM for setting a bad example for youth despite being the country’s prominent face. However, a section of citizens has also come out in her support, saying there is nothing wrong in a leader spending their free time with friends or having fun at parties.
Marin (36), is one of the youngest prime ministers in the world, denied all allegations of drug consumption and said that she is willing to take a test if necessary. She said,“I have nothing to hide. I have never taken drugs.”
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This is not the first time the young Finnish prime minister has faced criticism for partying. In 2021, she faced a huge backlash for going to a nightclub despite coming in contact with the country’s foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, who had contracted Covid-19.
In 2019, Sanna Marin, who has previously served as Transport Minister of Finland, was sworn in as the country’s prime minister. She was chosen by Finland’s Social Democratic Party to succeed then Prime Minister Antti Rinne. At 34, Marin became the world’s youngest prime minister, demolishing the earlier record set by New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern. As the Finnish prime minister, she has been hailed for her strong stance against Russia’s war on Ukraine and for being at the forefront of Finland’s efforts to join NATO.
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But in the past four years, PM Marin has also faced criticism for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons for criticism is her fondness of partying. Following the nightclub controversy in 2021, Marin posted a lengthy apology on Facebook saying she was “really sorry” for her actions, after her photos of dancing with her friends early in the morning were published in a popular Finnish magazine.