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    Finland's foreign minister pressured to resign over messages to erotic dancer

    Fri Mar 28, 5:18 PM

    By Matti Huuhtanen, The Associated Press

    HELSINKI, Finland - Pressure is mounting on Finland's foreign minister to resign after he sent reportedly raunchy text messages to an erotic dancer.

    The minister initially denied a magazine's report that he had sent about 200 messages on his mobile phone to the dancer. He later acknowledged sending some messages and apologized. He insists the messages were work-related.

    But the dancer says the foreign minister had inquired in the messages about what she was wearing under her evening dress.

    The gossip magazine that broke the story earlier this month says it plans to publish some of the text messages next week.

    The scandal is unusual in Finland, a country where politics and private lives traditionally are kept well apart.

    Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva appears not to have broken any laws and his longtime partner has accepted his apology.

    But the 60-year-old minister's judgment and credibility have been widely questioned.

    Kanerva still has the support of the conservative National Coalition party as well as Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, who said private affairs should not be mixed into politics.

    Vanhanen himself has failed in trying to keep his private and political life separate, losing a lawsuit against a former girlfriend who revealed intimate details about their relationship in a book.

    His party will have to reconsider its stand if new information comes to light, said Pekka Ravi, head of the National Coalition party's parliamentary group. The general view within the party is that Kanerva "acted in an inappropriate manner and tactlessly," Ravi said.

    On Friday, broadcaster MTV3 reported that the National Coalition Party was secretly preparing to replace Kanerva.

    Kanerva was adamant that he won't step down voluntarily, even if the messages are published.

    "I've had such great sympathy and support from the Finns that it's given me a good idea how the majority of people feel," Kanerva told Finnish Broadcasting Co.'s YLE TV on Friday.

    The dancer, Johanna Tukiainen, 29, is a member of an erotic dancing group called Dolls and has posed nude in several magazines. She has apologized for the scandal and said she has returned the money she received from Hymy magazine for the story about the text messages.

    She also tried to halt the publication of the messages with a court injunction, but the Helsinki District Court rejected the request Thursday.

    Kanerva told police that he has received death threats because of the scandal, and Tukiainen told local media she also has been threatened.
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    Default Re: Finland's foreign minister pressured to resign over messages to erotic dancer

    The scandal is unusual in Finland, a country where politics and private lives traditionally are kept well apart.

    Good idea !!!

    Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva appears not to have broken any laws and his longtime partner has accepted his apology.

    Not broken any laws ... End of story ... Next !?

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