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US News Finland's Sanna Marin to become youngest sitting prime minister

06:20  09 december  2019
06:20  09 december  2019 Source:   qz.com

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The Social Democrats in Finland elected deputy leader Sanna Marin as their candidate for the post of prime minister on Sunday. Aged 34, Marin would be the Nordic nation' s youngest ever leader if confirmed by parliament in a vote likely to occur next week.

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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.

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Finland ' s transportation minister Sanna Marin was selected by her Social Democratic party on Sunday to become the country's youngest The candidate for the next prime minister of Finland , Sanna Marin , after the SDP's prime minister candidate vote in Helsinki, Finland , December 8, 2019.

Finland ’ s transportation 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

a woman sitting at a table: Sanna Marin, Finland's next PM. © Provided by Quartz Sanna Marin, Finland's next PM.

The other four parties are also led by women, three of whom are under 35 years old.

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.”

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 20, 2019: Finish Minister of Transport and Communications, President of the Council Sanna Mirella Marin is waiting prior an EU transport Ministers meeting in the Europa, the EU Council headquarter on September 20, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The Council will hold an extensive policy debate on transport aspects of the EU's long-term strategic vision for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. The discussion will be organised in three rounds: land transport (road,rail and inland navigation), aviation and shipping. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images) © Thierry Monasse BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 20, 2019: Finish Minister of Transport and Communications, President of the Council Sanna Mirella Marin is waiting prior an EU transport Ministers meeting in the Europa, the EU Council headquarter on September 20, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The Council will hold an extensive policy debate on transport aspects of the EU's long-term strategic vision for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. The discussion will be organised in three rounds: land transport (road,rail and inland navigation), aviation and shipping. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

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. According to Finland’s national public broadcasting company, YLE, Marin said she was the first in her working-class family to finish high school and university. She has also spoken to Finnish media (link in Finnish) about feeling discriminated against when her mother was in a relationship with another woman.

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland ' s transportation minister Sanna Marin was selected by her Social Democratic party on Sunday to become the country's youngest prime minister ever, taking over after the resignation of Antti Rinne. The 34-year-old Marin , whose party is the largest in a

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland ’ s Social Democrats, who lead the five-party coalition government, picked 34-year-old transportation minister Sanna Marin to become the country’s youngest ever prime .

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