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Wed Dec 11, 2019, 12:42 AM

Finland gets world's youngest prime minister, a woman age 34


Jari Tanner, Associated Press
Updated 12:31 pm CST, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

HELSINKI (AP) Finland became the country with the world's youngest sitting head of government Tuesday when the Nordic country's parliament chose a 34-year-old woman who is a prolific user of social media and a keen advocate for environmental issues as prime minister.

Lawmakers in the 200-seat Eduskunta voted 99-70 to make Sanna Marin, a Social Democrat who served as transport and communications minister in the outgoing administration, the leader of a five-party, center-left coalition government.

The four other parties in the coalition are led by women three of whom also are in their early 30s. Marin, the No. 2 official in the Social Democratic Party, succeeds Antti Rinne as prime minister.

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Marin is the third woman picked to become Finland's prime minister. The first, Anneli Jaatteenmaki, served for part of 2003. The second, Mari Kiviniemi, governed for a yearlong period between 2010 and 2011.

Seen as a liberal advocate for climate and environment issues, Marin was raised in a "rainbow family" headed by two women.

More:
https://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Finland-s-parliament-picks-world-s-youngest-14895066.php

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