Finland has selected Sanna Marin of the Social Democrats, its Transport Minister as the new Prime Minister after the incumbent leader Antti Rinne resigned after losing the trust of key coalition partner, the Central Party. She is the youngest Prime Minister of any nation in the world. She is 34 years old.
Marin won the vote to replace the Prime Minister narrowly on Sunday. She will be administered the oath of office on Tuesday.
While deflecting questions on her, she said:” We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust”.
“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”.
The SDP won the elections in April, promising to end years to economic belt tightening introduced by the Centre party to lift Finland out of economic recession. Rinne became the Prime Minister in June and headed a five- party coalition.
Rinne resigned after furious protests emerged over proposed reforms to the postal system that sough to cut the wages of more than 700 postal workers.
The authorities withdrew the proposed reforms in November, however, questions emerged as the leadership of Rinne.