Karina Tsui
Karina Tsui
Updated Nov 4, 2022, 1:35pm EDT

Finnish PM Sanna Marin cleared of misconduct over leaked party video

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Sanna Marin, Finland’s 36-year-old prime minister, was cleared of misconduct Friday, after an investigation into whether she engaged in illegal conduct and neglect of duty following a leaked video of her dancing at a party with her friends.

Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin attends a news conference after the meeting of prime ministers and heads of government during The 74th Ordinary Session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki, Finland
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The now-viral videos showing Marin at a house party with friends in August, drew praise and criticism. Her critics claimed that she was unfit to carry out her duties, while women across the world shared videos of them dancing with the hashtag #SolidaritywithSanna.

While Marin said she was “disappointed” that the footage was leaked, she defended her actions, saying: “I spent the evening with friends. Partied, pretty wild, yes. Danced and sang.” She also took a drug test which came back negative.

Tuomas Poysti, the justice chancellor of Finland, said that investigators found no reason to suspect the prime minister of “illegal conduct” or “neglect of duty,” adding that the prime minister’s social life could be debated in parliament.

“Political accountability is also weighed periodically in democratic elections,” he said. Finland’s parliamentary elections will take place in April next year.