Finland picks world’s youngest Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34


Finland picks world's youngest Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34

Finland has made history after choosing Sanna Marin, 34 as its new Prime Minister.

Marin is not only the youngest Prime Minister but also the third female PM in the history of the European country.

”Sanna Marin, 34, from the dominant Social Democrats, was chosen by her party as the sole candidate for prime minister on Sunday,” Reuters reported.

Katri Kulmuni, 32, was also picked to head the Finance docket.

Finland now has the youngest female-run government.

In addition, four of the five ruling political parties in the country are women-led and are all working in a coalition to jointly run the country.

The new PM has been on a fast rise to the top starting at City Council of her hometown, Tampere which she headed at the age of 27.

She revealed that her motivation was not based on societal definitions or opinions of where one should be placed in society but about what one stands for.

”I have never thought about my age or my gender, but rather about the issues for which I took on politics and about the reasons for which we were trusted in the elections,” she said.

The country has made great strides in achieving gender parity.

Finland was among the first countries in the world to give women voting rights in 1906 as other nations came to do he same later in the seventies.

Jeni Karimaki from Turku University told Reuters that women are increasingly taking positions in parliament.

She attributes this to the need by the populace to see more women in powerful positions.

Maria Ohisal0, 34, will continue to serve as Interior Minister as Li Anderssen, 32, takes up the Education docket.

Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55  is the only cabinet member above the age of 50 and will be taking over as Justice Minister.

The previous Cabinet resigned owing to what was described as a poorly managed postal workers strike.

In the strike period, The Confederation of Finnish Industries is said to have lost the dollar equivalent of $550 million (Ksh. 55billion).

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