Five hot mics that got leaders in trouble
Unguarded comments have heaped embarrassment on generations of politicians around the world.But as many world leaders can testify, it's a rule that's often forgotten.
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 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.
Finland's Sanna Marin, 34, will soon become the world's youngest sitting prime minister
The parties in Finland's coalition government are also headed by women, four of whom are under the age of 35. Finland’s government is now led by these five party leaders. #newgenerationpic.twitter.com/vis0qB9tO8— Tuomas Niskakangas (@TNiskakangas) December 8, 2019Marin joins other young world leaders, including 39-year-old Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister, and 35-year-old Oleksiy Honcharuk, the prime minister of Ukraine. Marin's age and progressive politics, along with the fact that she is a new mom, have garnered comparisons to Arden.
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.
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.
'Dear Donald Trump': The children's book in New Zealand PM Ardern's office
'Dear Donald Trump': The children's book in New Zealand PM Ardern's officeWELLINGTON (Reuters) - The reading pile in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's office includes a children's picture book about U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall.
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.
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.