Sanna Marin, 34, transport minister of Finland’s, will lead the Social Democratic party. She becomes country’s youngest prime minister ever. Interestingly, she will also become world’s youngest serving pm when she takes office in the coming days. Along with this, she is Finland’s third female government leader.
In the April election, Marin’s party emerged as Finland’s largest party. Her party also gets the largest share in five-member governing coalition. The victorious, Social Democrats get the right to appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the Nordic nation of 5.5million people.
Her appointment was followed by the resignation of Antti Rinne on Tuesday. One of a party in the coalition was said to have lost confidence in him regarding his handling of a postal strike.
She won with a narrow vote difference with her opponent in the party. Post-victory, she told reporters, “We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust” Furthermore, she mentioned “I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”
Interestingly, the remaining four parties in Finland’s coalition government are also led by women. The Left Alliance is led by Li Anderson, 32. The 34 years old, Maria Ohisalo, takes charge of the Green League. The Centre Party is led by Katri Kulmuni, 32. Finally, 55 years old, Anna-Maja Henriksson, is head of the Swedish People’s party.
It is reported that her contemporaries are elder to her. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, is 39, and the Ukrainian PM, Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un is reported to be 35 which makes Marin world’s youngest sitting PM.