Social Democrats of Finland’s left-wing, who lead a five-party coalition government, have picked 34-year-old Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin to become the country’s youngest-ever prime minister next week, taking over after the resignation of Antti Rinne.
The previous prime minister stepped down earlier this week after coalition member the Centre Party said it had lost confidence in him following his handling of a postal strike.
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According to Aljazeera, Marin will head Finland’s women-led coalition, which includes Left Alliance’s Li Anderson, 32; the Green League’s Maria Ohisalo, 34; the Centre Party’s Katri Kulmuni, 32 and Anna-Maja Henriksson, the 55-year-old leader of the Swedish People’s party.
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The coalition, which took office just six months ago, has agreed to continue with its program after Rinne announced he was stepping down at the demand of the Centre Party.
Aljazeera reported that the timing of the change in leadership is awkward for Finland, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU until the end of the year, playing a central role in efforts to hammer out a new budget for the bloc.