Finnish PM takes drugs test after party video causes stir

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HELSINKI, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Friday she had taken a drug test after the release of video footage this week showing partying with friends, and swearing she had never used illegal drugs.

Marin, 36, also said her ability to perform her official duties on the Saturday night in question was unaffected and that she would have left the party if she had been forced to work.

Video clips of Marin partying with well-known Finnish influencers and artists started circulating in social media this week and were soon published by various media outlets in Finland and abroad. read more

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“Over the past few days, there have been some pretty serious public accusations that I was in a room where drugs were being used, or that I was taking drugs myself,” Marin told a news conference.

“I consider these allegations very serious and, while I find the demand for a drug test unjustified, for my own legal protection and to clear up any doubts, I took a drug test today, the results of which have been about a week.”

Marin, who became the world’s youngest serving head of government in December 2019, faced calls from members of her ruling coalition and the opposition to take a drug test after the videos appeared.

Social Democratic leader Marin said she had never used drugs and that she had not seen anyone do it at the party she attended.

While many have praised Marin for balancing her demanding job with an active personal life, others have questioned her decision to have herself filmed, even when promised not to make the videos public.

At a time when Europe was unsettled by Russia’s war in Ukraine, Marin also faced criticism that her partying could get in the way of her ability to perform her duties quickly if Finland were suddenly struck by a crisis.

“If there was a crisis situation, I would know before midnight on a Saturday night,” she told reporters, adding that the Finnish Defense Forces were well equipped to anticipate any military crisis that could hit the country.

Finland, which shares a long land border with Russia, has applied along with neighboring Sweden to join NATO after the war in Ukraine.

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Reporting by Johan Ahlander and Essi Lehto; adaptation by Niklas Pollard and Gareth Jones

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