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Finland’s PM Sanna Marin takes drugs test after attending dance party with friends

Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland said she had taken a drugs test following the publication of video footage this week that showed her partying with friends. She said that she had never used illegal drugs.

Marin, 36, also said she was performing her duty diligently and that she would have left the party had she been required to work.

Video clips of Marin partying with well-known Finnish influencers and artists appeared on social media this week. The video clips were also published by several media outlets in Finland and abroad.

“In recent days, there have been quite grave public accusations that I was in a space where drugs were used, or that I myself used drugs,” Marin told a news conference.

“I consider these accusations to be very serious and, though I consider the demand for a drug test unjust, for my own legal protection and to clear up any doubts, I have taken a drug test today, the results of which will come in about a week.”

Marin, who became the world’s youngest serving government leader in December 2019, had faced calls from members of her governing coalition as well as from the opposition to take a drug test after the videos emerged.

Social Democrat leader Marin said she had never taken drugs and that she had not seen anyone doing so at the party she attended.

While many have praised Marin for combining her demanding job with an active private life, others have questioned her decision to allow herself to be filmed even when promised that the videos would not be made public.

At a time when Europe has been unsettled by Russia’s war in Ukraine, Marin has also faced criticism that her partying could interfere with her ability to quickly carry out her duties if a sudden crisis hit Finland.

Javed Mahmood
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