Finland: Sanna Marin set to take over as world's Youngest Prime Minister

Finland currently holds the EU's rotating presidency until the end of this year. So, the lawmakers are likely to approve her appointment so that she could represent in the December 12-13 EU leaders summit in Brussels. [Pic credit: @ejeancarroll/Twitter]

By James Kuanal
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:32 AM IST
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Finland: Sanna Marin set to take over as world's Youngest Prime Minister

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Sanna Marin, a 34-year-old has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister and its third female government leader. She has served as transport minister and lawmaker in the previous government. The country's Social Democratic Council on Sunday voted 32-29 in favour of Sanna Marin over her rival Antti Lindtman to take over Finland's top post from incumbent Antti Rinne.

As Social Democrats had emerged as Finland's largest party in the April election, it can appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the nordic nation comprising 5.5 million. Sanna has been the party's chairwoman and lawmaker since 2015. She has served as minister of transport and communications.

As per the country's biggest daily Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat tabloid, Sanna will become the world's youngest sitting prime minister.

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Finland currently holds the EU's rotating presidency until the end of this year. The lawmakers are likely to approve her appointment so that she could represent in the December 12-13 EU leaders summit in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Rinne has stepped down from the post after a key coalition partner, the Centre Party, withdrew its support, citing trust issues. The party had also criticized her leadership skills ahead of strike by the country's postal service and other industries.

Rinne's resignation also prompted the formal resignation of a coalition of social democrats, center part and three junior partners: Swedish People's Party, the Left Alliance and the Greens.

On Sunday, the Social Democrats and four other coalition parties informed that they are committed to the government agreed in April and will continue in Marin's new government. They possess a comfortable majority of 117 seats in the 200-seat Parliament.

The social democrats on Sunday added that they are seeking to have Rinne--former trade union leader--, become Parliament's vice-speaker. He also plans to stay as Social Democrats chairman until next summer.

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