09 December 2019 10:43
Transport minister is the nation's youngest leader ever and the country's third female PM Finland's transport minister, Sanna Marin, has been selected to lead the Social Democratic party, making her the country's youngest prime minister ever. The 34-year-old Marin, whose party is the largest in a five-member governing coalition, will be the world's youngest serving prime minister when she takes office in the coming days. Having emerged as Finland's largest party in the April election, the Social Democrats can appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the Nordic nation of 5.5m people. Her appointment comes after Antti Rinne resigned on Tuesday after a party in the coalition said it had lost confidence in him following his handling of a postal strike. "We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters after winning a narrow vote among the party leadership.
According to Finland's biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the Ilta-Sanomat tabloid, Marin will become the world's youngest sitting prime minister. New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, is 39, and the PM of Ukraine, Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35. Tuomas Niskakangas (@TNiskakangas) Finland's government is now led by these five party leaders. Marin has had a swift rise in Finnish politics since becoming head of the city council of her industrial hometown of Tampere at the age of 27. The centre-left coalition, which took office just six months ago, has agreed to continue with its political programme stressing a shift to carbon neutrality, after Rinne announced he was stepping down at the demand of the Centre Party.
The SDP council voted 32-29 late Sunday to name Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government's top post. Rinne resigned on Tuesday, after a party in the coalition, the Centre Party, said it had lost confidence in him following his handling of a postal strike. The Center Party also criticised Rinne's leadership skills prior to a two-week strike by the country's state-owned postal service Posti in November. All five parties decided to stay in coalition and continue with the same programmes, but said they would change some ministers. Marin told reporters after winning a narrow vote among the party leadership: "We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust." She's enjoyed a swift rise in Finnish politics since becoming head of the city council of her industrial hometown of Tampere at the age of 27.
Marin formerly served as Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications. Marin's age and progressive politics, along with the fact that she is a new mom, have garnered comparisons to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 34-year-old Sanna Marin, formerly Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications, will soon make history as the country's youngest prime minister ever. Marin was selected by her Social Democratic party on Sunday to take over as the country's leader after former Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned last week. She will become the world's youngest sitting prime minister once she takes office this week. Marin will also become Finland's third female prime minister. The Social Democrats are the largest party in the country's governing coalition. Marin told reporters that she would work to rebuild trust within the coalition after a postal strike shook confidence in Rinne's leadership. "We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters. The other parties in Finland's coalition government are also led by women, several of whom are under the age of 35. Lees ook op Business Insider 8 opvallende onthullingen uit het nieuwe boek over Melania Trump – over haar modestijl, leven én macht in het Witte Huis Finland's government is now led by these five party leaders. 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. Sanna Marin, Finland's 34-year-old transportation minister, was selected today (Dec. 8) as the country's prime minister, making her the youngest leader to ever hold the job, and the world's youngest sitting PM. Marin will be taking over from Antii Rinne, who resigned from the position last week after just six months on the job, following controversy over his handling of a postal strike. Like Rinne, Marin is a member of the Social Democratic Party, the largest in Finland's five-member ruling coalition. Reuters reports that Marin will continue an agenda to reduce carbon emissions, and that she told reporters after winning a narrow party vote against SDP parliamentary group leader Antti Lindtman: "We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust." Marin joins a handful of world leaders under 40, and has already been compared to New Zealand's progressive prime minister Jacinda Ardern. Like Ardern, Marin is a new mother; her daughter Emma was born last year. A 34-year-old transport minister is set to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third woman government leader. Finland's ruling Social Democratic Party council voted 32-29 to name Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government's top post from incumbent Antti Rinne. Having emerged as Finland's largest party in the April election, the Social Democrats can appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the Nordic nation of 5.5 million. Ms Marin has been the party's vice chairwoman, a lawmaker since 2015 and served until this week as the minister for transport and communications. According to Finland's biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the Ilta-Sanomat tabloid, Ms Marin will become the world's youngest sitting prime minister. Finland currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency until the end of the year. Politicians are likely to approve the appointment of Ms Marin and her new government quickly so she can represent Finland at the EU leaders' summit in Brussels later this week. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is 39, having taken the reins of power at the age of 37. The Centre Party also criticised Mr Rinne's leadership skills prior to a two-week strike by the country's state-owned postal service Posti in November that spread to other industries, including the national flag carrier Finnair. Mr Rinne's resignation prompted the formal resignation of a coalition of the Social Democrats and the Centre Party and three junior partners: the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People's Party of Finland. The Social Democrats and the four other coalition parties said they are committed to the government programme agreed upon after the April election and will continue in Ms Marin's new government. The Social Democrats said they are seeking to have Mr Rinne, a former trade union leader, become the parliament's vice speaker.