Sunday, March 30, 2008

Politics: Could sexy text messages be the finish for Finnish politician?

Text messages to an erotic dancer has landed Finland's foreign minister in trouble. Revelations in a tabloid newspaper has led to calls for his resignation after he admitted the messages were, "not totally appropriate".

Ilkka Kanerva sent about 200 text messages to Johanna Tukiainen, 29, and at first said they were related to her performing at his 60th birthday party.

On Friday, he admitted, "I would not present them in Sunday School, but they are not totally out of line either," the daily Helsingin Sanomat quoted him as saying.

The Ilta-Sanomat daily said that in one of the messages Kanerva had asked Tukiainen: "Would you like to do it in an exotic place? Where could it be?"

When Kanerva was asked whether "it" referred to sex, he only said it was obvious that his message was an answer to an earlier question, Finnish News Agency STT said.

It is not the first time Kanerva has been linked to suggestive text messages. In 2005, when deputy speaker of parliament, he bombarded two models with text messages.