Finland's Sanna Marin cleared of misconduct
Helsinki found no "concrete situation" to assess to accuse Marin of negligence.
An official inquiry has cleared Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin of misconduct after a viral video of her partying and drinking with friends leaked over social media.
Numerous complaints were made to the parliamentary ombudsman, alleging that Marin had too much to drink at an August party, making her 'unable to carry out her official duties.'
In contrast, the chancellor of justice, an independent office assigned to oversee the legality of the ministers' actions, concluded that Marin has not neglected her responsibilities, asserting that there is "no reason to suspect the prime minister of unlawful conduct in the performance of her duties, or of any neglect of her official responsibilities."
The complaints, according to Justice Chancellor Tuomas Poysti, had not detailed which official duty the prime minister failed to fulfill, or which tasks she has been unable to accomplish due to negligence, and that he can only assess "concrete situations."
Following the videos, reports also started circulating that Marin had administered drugs, which led to her taking drug tests that proved negative.
“I am human. And I too sometimes long for joy, light, and fun amidst these dark clouds,” she later said. "Never in my life, not even in my youth, have I ever used any drugs."
Marin’s critics and political opponents slammed her behavior as inappropriate, imprudent, and irresponsible, criticizing her choice of friends as representative of her 'lack of judgment.'