Sanna Marin who is only aged 34 years has become the youngest prime minister of Finland and also becomes the youngest leader in such a high position in the world.
The Social Democratic Party Council elected Sanna Marin to serve as Finland’s new Prime Minister, following Antti Rinne’s resignation on 3 December. The fallout from a protracted postal dispute led to Rinne stepping down ahead of a parliamentary challenge filed by opposition parties.
Marin received 32 votes while fellow Social Democratic party politician in the running for the office of the Prime Minister Antti Lindtman, drew 29 votes from members of the party’s council.
At 34, Marin is two years younger than the Esko Ahowho who became Finland’s youngest prime minister in 1990 at just the age of 36.
Marin is a second-term MP from Tampere and has been Minister of Transport and Communications since June. She led the party during Rinne’s extended sick leave last winter.
Sanna Marin has been the Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland
Marin holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Studies, she is married and the couple have a young baby that they have just welcomed into their family.
In a letter she sent to the Social Democratic Party members on Sunday, Marin said, “Finland is in the midst of an exceptional situation. The main focus for Social Democrats is to continue our work in building a fairer and more egalitarian society.”
Marin’s campaign emphasized environmental sustainability and equality during the general elections that happened in the Spring. She is against Finland joining NATO and has said she wants to phase-out fossil fuel vehicles.
Raised by a single mother, she has spoken about her working-class background and the financial difficulty her family faced. She said she was the first person from her family to finish high school and gain a university education, achievements which she credits to the welfare state.
Marin has also talked about the stigma she encountered as her mother was later in a same-sex relationship with a woman.
She will lead a centre-left coalition with four other parties, all headed by women, three of whom are under 35. Mr Rinne stepped down after losing the confidence of a coalition member over his handling of a postal strike.
According to BBC , Analysts say it may be a coincidence that Finland now has a female prime minister and four party leaders in the ruling coalition who are women, but gender equality is a big issue in Finland and women in Finnish politics have been bubbling under for a long time.
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