Finnish Leader: Fine, I Took a Drug Test

Sanna Marin, receiving flak for party video, had no drugs in system, as she promised
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2022 2:55 PM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2022 8:52 AM CDT
Finnish Leader Says She Took a Drug Test to Quiet Criticism
Prime Minister Sanna Marin holds a press conference Friday in Helsinki, Finland.   (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Update: She's clean, as expected. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin tested negative for narcotics and other drugs after video emerged of her dancing and partying with friends, reports the Guardian. The 36-year-old leader insisted all along she never took drugs, and she agreed to the test "for my own legal protection and to clear up any doubts” after critics pounced. Our story from Aug. 19 follows:

Finland's prime minister has answered a challenge from her political opponents, announcing Friday that she submitted to a drug test after video surfaced of her partying with friends. Sanna Marin already had denied using anything other than alcohol at any point in her life, but she said Friday that she made the decision because of the seriousness of the public accusations "that I have used narcotics," per CNN.

"Although I consider the demand for a drug test unreasonable, in order to erase such doubts, I have today taken a drug test," Marin said at a press conference. She expects to receive the test results next week, per the BBC. Marin doesn't apologize for partying and has often been spotted at music festivals. Last week, the German news outlet Bild called her the "coolest prime minister in the world." (More Sanna Marin stories.)

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