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Finland to elect the world’s youngest PM
Current Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin will lead a centre-left coalition of five parties, all headed by women.
Last night, following Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s resignation last week, 34-year-old Marin received 32 votes — three more than fellow SDP politician Antti Lindtman — from members of the Social Democratic Party Council, YLE reports.
In a letter she sent to SDP 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.”
Media reports say Sanna Marin was raised in a ”rainbow family”, living in a rented apartment with her mother and her mother's female partner. According to BBC, she was the first person in her family to go to university. She rose quickly through the ranks of the Social Democrats, heading the city administration in Tampere at the age of 27 and becoming an MP in 2015. BBC also reports that when she takes office, Marin will be the world’s youngest sitting prime minister. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is 39, while Ukrainian premier Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35.
Finland’s next premier will eventually be elected by Parliament, then appointed by the president and is expected to be sworn in this week.Sanna Marin