Saturday, 29 February 2020

Finnish Minister Sanna Marin to become world’s youngest PM

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HELSINKI: The 34-year-old Sanna Marin is set to become the world’s youngest Prime Minister as head of a women-led coalition government in Finland, it was reported on Monday.

Marin, who is currently the Minister of Transport and Communications, narrowly won over Antti Lindtman, the 37-year-old chairman of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, in a vote of 32-29 on Sunday.

She was picked on Sunday by her Social Democratic Party (SDP) to take charge after Prime Minister Antti Rinne quit, the BBC reported.

Rinne stepped down after losing the confidence of a coalition member over his handling of a postal strike.

She is expected to be sworn in this week and will lead a centre-left coalition of five parties all headed by women.

When she takes office, Marin will be the world’s youngest sitting Prime Minister. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is 39, while Ukrainian premier Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35.

Addressing the media on Sunday, Marin said: “We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.”

She brushed away questions about her age, saying: “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.”

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