Finland’s “party” PM Sanna Marin admits election defeat after becoming the world’s youngest prime minister at 34
SANNA Marin has not been re-elected as Prime Minister of Finland after becoming the world’s youngest head of state at the age of 34.
The now 37-year-old so-called “party PM” was named the “coolest politician in the world” last year because of her relaxed leadership style.
Marin came under fire last summer for having to deny she was on drugs after footage of her twerking at a party surfaced.
Then a video leaked of Marin – who married husband Markus Raikkonen in 2020 – dancing closely with a pop star at a nightclub.
Marin burst onto the international political stage when she won the Finnish election race in 2019, making her the world’s youngest leader.
She has since been praised for her vocal support for Ukraine and for guiding her country through the Covid pandemic.
She was also praised for her role in advocating Finland’s successful entry into NATO.
Finland, which shares a long border with Russia, cleared the final hurdles to becoming a NATO member when allies Turkey and Hungary signed the country’s membership bid.
But on Sunday, Finland’s main conservative party clinched victory in a close three-way battle that left Marin’s Social Democratic Party in third place and dashed her re-election hopes.
On the basis of this result, talks will start on forming a new government at the head of Finland led by the National Coalition Party, according to enthusiastic party leader Petteri Orpo.
Orpo, Finland’s former finance minister and likely new prime minister, assured that the Nordic country’s solidarity with Kiev will remain strong during his tenure.
It comes after Marin took a drugs test last August to prove she hadn’t used them, after leaked footage showed her twerking at a party with friends.
The footage showed Marin with Finnish singer Alma, rapper Petri Nygard, as well as TV presenter Tinni Wikstrom, influencers and members of her own Social Democratic Party.
The clip was then published online by Finnish tabloid Iltalehti and showed Marin dancing, singing and drinking with friends in what appeared to be an apartment.
Marin said her only regret was that private recordings were shared.
She took a drug test to silence critics after someone heard screaming “meal gang” in the background of the clip.
Additional footage then showed Marin dancing “intimately” with pop star Olavi Uusivirta at a nightclub.
But he insisted the two were just “friends” and that “nothing inappropriate” had happened.
Marin, mother of a five-year-old daughter, then apologized after a photo emerged of two topless women kissing at their summer palace.
But Marin’s wild ways had already landed her in trouble in her home country and garnered a lot of media attention.
In 2021 she had to apologize for going to the club at 4am despite being in contact with a Covid case.
She attended dinner and drinks just hours after her foreign secretary tested positive for Covid and claimed she had been told she did not need to isolate because she was fully vaccinated.
However, she said she missed a text message advising her to do the opposite as she only had her personal phone with her at the time and not her government phone.
Critics slammed her “carefree” approach to running a country, saying she should always have her government phone on her in case of emergencies.
In a statement on Facebook, she said, “I’m very sorry I didn’t understand that I had to do this.”
In October 2020, she was photographed in a blazer with nothing underneath in an interview for lifestyle magazine Trendi.
It sparked renewed public controversy after she was accused of demeaning her position, while others branded the comments as sexist.
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