Finland’s prime minister submits to a drug test

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Friday that she has undergone a drug test after part of the opposition asked her to do so due to the leak of a video of her on social networks in which she appears dancing with friends.

“Given that this type of suspicions are sought, I took the tests just to be sure. I am affected by the presumption of innocence,” she has said, adding that she hopes that claims of possible substance use in her social life will not be made again, as reported by the Finnish newspaper ‘Helsingin Sanomat’.

Marin has also avoided speculating about the video leak, as one must “be prepared” for all kinds of threats, although he did defend his friends, assuring that he “knows” that it was not them, as reported by the daily ‘Iltalehti’.

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“I don’t want to lose my faith in people. I will continue to do my job as best I can,” he said after communicating that, given the controversy that has sown the recording, he has been tested, the results of which are expected within a week.

In the recording Marin appears dancing with various public figures, among which are the deputy Ilmari Nurminen, of the Social Democratic Party, as well as the presenters Tinni Wikstrom and Karoliina Tuominen, or the ‘influencer’ Janita Autio.

Snte the uproar that caused this Thursday the diffusion of the video, in which appears a comment on the flour — term associated with cocaine –, the leader of the right-wing Party of the Finns, Riikka Purra, as well as the deputy Mikko Karna, demanded to Marin a drug control.

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This is not the first time Marin has sparked controversy in Finland. Already in 2021, the prime minister had to apologize for having attended a nightclub knowing that she was a close contact of a COVID-19 positive, amid a wave of criticism for her behavior.

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