Sanna Marin becomes Finland’s youngest Prime Minister

by Keith Wilkinson

     NBC News A 34-year-old transport minister and lawmaker have been tapped to become Finland’s youngest prime minister ever and its third female government leader. Finland’s ruling Social Democratic Party council voted 32-29 late Sunday to name Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government’s top post from incumbent Antti Rinne.

 Business insider  Marin was selected by her Social Democratic party on Sunday to take over as the country’s leader. She will become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister once she takes office this week. Marin joins other young world leaders, including 39-year-old Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, and 35-year-old Oleksiy Honcharuk, the prime minister of Ukraine. 

Marin who entered politics at age 27, became the head of the City Council in her hometown of Tampere. She has been the party’s vice chairwoman, a lawmaker since 2015 and served until this week as the minister for transport and communications. This, according to Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the Ilta-Sanomat tabloid,

MSN In recent years, researchers began noticing that many Finnish political parties had young women in prominent positions, either second or third in command. Reetta Siukola, a development manager at the Centre for Gender Equality Information, told the BBC.

There have been two female prime ministers this century, though both were short-lived. However, it demonstrated that women, especially younger women, have always been active in Finnish politics, and in recent years the public has come to expect or more women ministers in its governments.

That changed in 2015 when the relatively male-dominated center-right government of Juha Sipila took power – only 36% of its ministers were female.

    Nevertheless, Finland’s largest party emerged victorious in last April’s election.  the Social Democrats can now appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the Nordic nation of 5.5 million.  Marin was selected by Finland’s Social Democratic party on Sunday to take over as the country’s leader after former Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned last week. 

  The Social Democrats are the largest party in the country’s governing coalition and have the responsibility for choosing the new prime minister. The Democrats who won the most votes in the Finnish parliamentary elections in April of this year. These elections were the first in the country where no party received more than 20 percent of the vote.

Marin told reporters that she would work to rebuild trust within the coalition after a postal strike shook confidence in Rinne’s leadership. She will also continue the agenda to reduce carbon emissions.  She told reporters after winning a narrow party vote against SDP parliamentary group leader Antti Lindtman.

Newsweek  When asked about her age, Marin said: “I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”

“We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust,” Marin told reporters. Marin will also become Finland’s third female prime minister.

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