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VIDEO: PM Sanna takes drugs test after party video causes backlash in Finland


In the footage, Sanna Marin and friends including celebrities are seen dancing and singing. Screengrab

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

Sanna Marin, 36, also said her ability to perform her official duties had remained unimpaired on the Saturday night in question and that she would have left the party had she been required to work.

In the video clips, thought to be taken from social media, she and friends including Finnish celebrities are seen dancing and singing. She has faced criticism from opposition parties.

Video clips of Sanna were soon 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," Sanna told a news conference.

SanaMarin-PC Sanna Marin holds a news conference after videos of her partying leaked into social media. AP

"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."

Sanna, 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 Sanna 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.

SanaMarin-Pressconference Sanna Marin holds a press conference in Helsinki. AFP

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.

"If there were to be a crisis situation, I would know about it before midnight on a Saturday evening," she told reporters, adding that the Finnish armed forces were well equipped to anticipate any military crisis that might affect the country.

Last year, she apologised for going clubbing after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 case. Just last week, Ms Marin was dubbed the “coolest prime minister in the world” by German news outlet Bild.

Finland, which shares a long land border with Russia, has applied along with neighbouring Sweden to join Nato following the war in Ukraine.



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