Sanna Marin, at the age of 34, is now the world’s youngest prime minister. She was picked by her Social Democratic Party when Antti Rinne, the leader, quit as prime minister.
She got a 32-29 voting on Sunday. Ms. Marin will be leading four other parties, which are also being headed by young women, all of them under the age of 35. Ms. Marin is the third female leader in the country.
The Social Democrats are the largest party in April that allows them to appoint their prime minister for the nation. It has a population of 5.5 million.
Mr. Rinne decided to step down last Thursday after he lost the confidence of the coalition member due to the postal strike handling. He planned to cut down the waged for hundreds of postal workers, which lead to strike all over the country. The Centre Party lost its confidence in him.
Who is Sanna Marin? According to reports, she is from a “rainbow family”. Their family rents an apartment with her mother and a female partner of her mother. She was interviewed on a Finnish website in 2015 and mentioned that she felt invisible because she wasn’t able to freely talk about her family. Though she would always remember that her mother was very supportive in all her endeavors and believed in her, she was also the first one in the family to enter the university. At the age of 27, she was able to head the city administration in Tampere and rose quickly in the Social Democrats Ranks. Since June, she was appointed as the transport and communications minister.
This week, Ms. Marin will be sworn, and when she takes office, she will be the youngest prime minister. To mention, New Zealand has a prime minister that is 39 years old, Jacinda Ardern and Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35, is of Ukraine.
It may be a little awkward for Finland right now to have a female prime minister and four female party leaders as the country has some gender equality issue. In the past, two female prime ministers lead but were only very short-lived. In Finland, many of the younger women are active in their politics, and more women ministers are on the rise until 2015, when a made-dominated Centre-right government took power.
Currently, there will be not many significant changes in the policy as agreed by the coalition, but according to this young prime minister, it would not be the usual business. “We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.” She mentioned her stand on age “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.”
On the other hand, the Centre Party’s Katri Kulmuni will be the finance minister. The other three leaders under Mr. Rinne’s governance are continued to be on their posts.
Currently, the country is on a three-day strike, and this will be her first job as a prime minister.
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