Finnish Premier Marin, who became the world’s youngest serving gov’t leader in December 2019, had faced calls from members of her governing coalition and opposition to take a drug test after the videos emerged.
HELSINKI – Sanna Marin, the Finnish Prime Minister, said on Friday that she had taken a drugs test after video footage of her partying with friends was published this week, and that she had never used illegal drugs.
Marin, 36, also stated that her ability to perform her official duties was unaffected on the Saturday night in question and that if she had been required to work, she would have left the party.
This week, video clips of Marin partying with well-known Finnish influencers and artists began circulating on social media and were quickly picked up 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.
Marin: I never took drugs
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.
“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.
Finland, which shares a long land border with Russia, has applied along with neighbouring Sweden to join NATO following the war in Ukraine. – Reuters