Finland’s Sanna Marin cleared of misconduct over dance video – POLITICO

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has not neglected her duties as prime minister, an official inquest has revealed after investigating a leaked party video showing her dancing with friends in August.

The day after the broadcast of the video showing Marin dancing with exuberance, the Finnish leader was criticized. She was forced to take a drug test to dispel any suspicions, after comments overheard on the video referencing narcotics. The test came back negative in August.

Finland’s Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti, responsible for prosecutions against the government, said on Friday that there was « no reason to suspect the prime minister of unlawful conduct or negligence in his official duties ».

He added that the « moral and social » dimension of a Prime Minister’s leisure activities is « a matter for Parliament » and that « political responsibility is also weighed periodically in democratic elections ».

Pöysti had received several complaints about it as critics accused Marin of irresponsible behavior and alleged that she was unfit for work « due to alcohol consumption ».

Others saw the dancing footage as a boost to the 36-year-old Prime Minister’s popularity, with women around the world posting dancing videos tagging themselves with a hashtag #SolidaritywithSanna.


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