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Sanna Marin Appointed As Finland’s Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 09 Dec 2019 11:19
Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34PA Images

A 34-year-old transport minister and lawmaker will become Finland’s youngest ever prime minister and its third female government leader.

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Late on Sunday night, the Social Democratic Party council voted to name Sanna Marin to take over the government following former Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s resignation. Marin, who won against her rival Antti Lindtman with a vote of 32-29, will be sworn in later this week.

The Social Democratic Party emerged as Finland’s biggest in the April election, meaning the Social Democrats can appoint one of its own to assume the position of prime minister of the Nordic country.

Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34PA Images

Former Prime Minister Rinne resigned on Tuesday, December 3, after a party within the coalition lost confidence in him as a result of his handling of a postal strike.

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As per the Guardian, Marin told reporters after her win:

We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust.

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.

Four other parties in Finland’s coalition government also have female leaders: 32-year-old Li Anderson heads up the Left Alliance, while 34-year-old Maria Ohisalo leads the Green League, the Centre Party is led by 32-year-old Katri Kulmuni and 55-year-old Anna-Maja Henriksson is head of the Swedish People’s party.

Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34PA Images

Not only will Marin become Finland’s youngest ever prime minister, but she will also become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister.

Marin’s political rise to the top has been relatively quick, following her appointment of head of the city council of her industrial hometown of Tampere at the age of 27.

Her takeover comes amid a three-day wave of strikes that will see the halt of production at many of the country’s biggest companies, starting from today, December 9. According to data from the Confederation of Finnish Industries, the strike will cost companies a combined €500 million ($553 million/£420 million) in lost revenue.

Following Rinne’s resignation, the centre-left coalition has agreed to continue with the same political programme, which stresses a shift toward carbon neutrality.

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Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34Sanna Marin Becomes Finland's Youngest Prime Minister Aged 34PA Images

Marin said:

We have a joint government programme which glues the coalition together.

Marin’s takeover comes at an awkward time for the country, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until the end of the year, therefore playing a big role in negotiating a new budget for the bloc.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: News, Antti Rinne, European Union, Finland, Sanna Marin, Scandinavia, Social Democratic Party

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  1. Guardian

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest serving prime minister