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World 'I don't feel like a role model': Finland's new 34-year-old leader

20:17  13 december  2019
20:17  13 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - She may be the world's youngest-serving head of government, but Finland's newly appointed prime minister does not feel like a role model, 34-year-old Sanna Marin told Reuters on Friday.

a woman posing for the camera: Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin during an interview with Reuters after a European leaders summit in Brussels© Reuters/YVES HERMAN Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin during an interview with Reuters after a European leaders summit in Brussels

Marin became the Nordic country's prime minister on Tuesday, and two days later found herself rubbing shoulders at a European Union summit with leaders of 27 countries, including the powerful figures of Emmanuel Macron of France and Angela Merkel of Germany.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen beamed and embraced Marin warmly as they met at the Brussels summit.

The appointment of a youthful women to lead her country has been seized on by media around the globe, many of them seeing in her a "role model" for others living in societies where politics have long been dominated by older men.

"I don't feel like a role model," she said in an interview. "I might be for some people, but we are all just human beings: The issues matter, not the people behind the issues we are all working on. I think everyone matters."

Marin, who started out on her political career when she was in her mid-20s, said she was spurred by climate change and a feeling "that the older generation weren't paying enough attention" to it.

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She said there is no trick to her success - just hard work.

a person in a dark room: Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin during an interview with Reuters after a European leaders summit in Brussels© Reuters/YVES HERMAN Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin during an interview with Reuters after a European leaders summit in Brussels

Marin, whose Cabinet of 19 ministers will include 13 women, said she would work closely with European allies.

"We are stronger together," she said. "Neither one of us can find the solutions alone so I think that we have a platform, we have to use it."

(Reporting by Jonas Ekblom; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

From cashier to world's youngest PM. Finland's new leader breaks the mold .
When leaders from the European Council gathered for a group photo in Brussels last week, it was hard to miss the class newbie. © Thierry Monasse/Getty Images BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 12: Finish Prime Minister Sanna Mirella Marin talks to the media on the first of a two-day summit of European Union leaders on December 12, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. During their first working session leaders will discuss climate change. The heads of State or Government are expected to finalise their guidance on the EUs long-term strategy to be submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in early 2020.

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