Finland’s Social Democrats select a 34-year-old prime minister

Finland’s Social Democrats select a 34-year-old prime minister
Finland's new prime minister, Sanna Marin. Now world's youngest sitting PM. ProductiehuisEU video, YouTube

[Ed. – Certainly, being transport minister is bound to have prepared her for dealing with things like airspace encroachments by the Russians and a burgeoning, crime-prone migrant population.]

A 34-year-old transport minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland’s youngest prime minister ever and its third female government leader.

Finland’s ruling Social Democratic Party council voted 32-29 late Sunday to name Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government’s top post from incumbent Antti Rinne.

Having emerged as Finland’s largest party in the April election, the Social Democrats can appoint one of their own to the post of prime minister in the Nordic nation of 5.5 million.

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Marin has been the party’s vice chairwoman, a lawmaker since 2015 and served as until this week as the minster for transport and communications. According to Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the Ilta-Sanomat tabloid, Marin will become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister.

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