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World Female minister, 34, tapped to become Finland's youngest PM

22:15  08 december  2019
22:15  08 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government leader.

The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, smiles after she won the SDP's Prime Minister candidate vote against Antti Lindtman, in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)© Provided by Associated Press The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, smiles after she won the SDP's Prime Minister candidate vote against Antti Lindtman, in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

The council of Finland's ruling Social Democratic Party in a tight 32-29 vote late Sunday picked Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government's top post from incumbent Antti Rinne.

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The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, left, smiles after she won the SDP's Prime Minister candidate vote against Antti Lindtman, in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)© Provided by Associated Press The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, left, smiles after she won the SDP's Prime Minister candidate vote against Antti Lindtman, in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

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.

The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, right, speaks with former Prime Minister of Finland Antti Rinnein Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)© Provided by Associated Press The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, right, speaks with former Prime Minister of Finland Antti Rinnein Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

Marin has been the party's vice chairwoman, a lawmaker since 2015 and served as until this week as the minster for transport and communications.

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Prime Minister Antti Rinne stepped down Tuesday after a key coalition partner, the Center Party, withdrew its support, citing lack of trust. The Center Party also criticized 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.

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne speaks at a press conference after giving his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto at the President's official residence M'ntyniemi in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Finland's prime minister resigned Tuesday after a key coalition partner withdrew its support from his five-party Cabinet. (Mikko Stigi/Lehtikuva via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne speaks at a press conference after giving his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto at the President's official residence M'ntyniemi in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Finland's prime minister resigned Tuesday after a key coalition partner withdrew its support from his five-party Cabinet. (Mikko Stigi/Lehtikuva via AP)

Estonia apologizes after minister calls Finland prime minister Sanna Marin a 'sales girl' .
Estonia's president has apologized after the country's interior minister mocked Finland's newly elected leader and described her as a "sales girl."The leader of Estonia's populist far-right party EKRE, Mart Helme, questioned the ability of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34, to run her country on Sunday.

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