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Former Finnish PM Sanna Marin quits politics after losing April election

Former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is stepping away from politics after losing her leadership position in April.

Marin, who brought together a five-party, left-wing coalition in 2019, was one of the youngest leaders in Europe when she spearheaded government policy during the COVID-19 pandemic and at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Time to move on,” Marin said, according to Finnish public broadcaster YLE.  “I am eager to step into a new role. I also believe that it can benefit the whole of Finland.”

“I danced, sang and partied — perfectly legal things. And I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve seen or known of others [using drugs],” she said following the videos’ release.

Marin announced in May she and her husband of 19 years are seeking a divorce just weeks after she lost her re-election bid following the emergence of the controversial partying videos.   

“We have filed for divorce together. We are grateful for 19 years together and our beloved daughter,” the 37-year-old prime minister wrote in an Instagram story, according to multiple outlets. “We will continue to spend time together as a family and with each other.”

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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