Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin delivered an emotional speech on Wednesday, touting her job performance and defending her right to have a private life after leaked videos showed the leader dancing and partying wildly.
“I am also human,” Finnish media quoted Marin as saying with a broken voice and red eyes.
The 36-year-old politician insisted she has always been committed to her job serving the people of Finland.
“This week has not been easy. It has been difficult. But I want to believe that people look at the work we do, not what we do in our free time.”
Marin’s stirring remarks came a day after she apologized over a topless photo of two influencers locking lips during a party that the high-powered leader had organized at the prime minister’s official residence in Helsinki in July.
“I do my job. I learn from this,” Marin told a crowd of supporters in the southern town of Lathi.
Marin’s public mea culpa, in which she described the image as “not appropriate,” came on the heels of an earlier scandal that erupted after videos were leaked showing Marin wildly dancing and singing with a group of celebrity friends at another social gathering.
A separate video that was posted by a Finnish tabloid last week appeared to show Marin, who is married with a young child, dancing intimately with a man at a nightclub.
The backlash that was sparked by the video recordings led to calls for Marin to voluntarily submit to a drug test, which she passed on Monday.