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Finland's Social Democrats name Marin to be youngest ever prime minister

By Tarmo Virki

 

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The candidate for the next prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, after the SDP's prime minister candidate vote in Helsinki, Finland, December 8, 2019. Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva/via REUTERS

 

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's transportation minister Sanna Marin was selected by her Social Democratic party on Sunday to become the country's youngest prime minister ever, taking over after the resignation of Antti Rinne.

 

The 34-year-old Marin, whose party is the largest in a five-member governing coalition, will be the world's youngest serving prime minister when she takes office in the coming days.

 

Rinne resigned on Tuesday after a party in the coalition, the Centre Party, said it had lost confidence in him following his handling of a postal strike.

 

"We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters after winning a narrow vote among the party leadership. Antti Lindtman, head of the party's parliamentary group, was runner up.

 

Marin has had a swift rise in Finnish politics since becoming head of the city council of her industrial hometown of Tampere at the age of 27.

 

She will take over in the middle of a 3-day wave of strikes, which will halt production at some of Finland's largest companies from Monday. The Confederation of Finnish Industries estimates the strikes will cost the companies a combined 500 million euros ($550 million) in lost revenue.

 

The centre-left coalition, which took office just six months ago, has agreed to continue with its political programme stressing a shift to carbon neutrality, after Rinne announced he was stepping down at the demand of the Centre Party.

 

"We have a joint government programme which glues the coalition together," Marin said.

 

The timing of the change in leadership is awkward for Finland, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until the end of the year, playing a central role in efforts to hammer out a new budget for the bloc.

 

($1 = 0.9073 euros)

 

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Peter Graff)

 

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She's fairly unknown. Being from the commie-light party that's been in the twilight zone lately it will be interesting to see if she can somehow bring it to this century. 

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6 hours ago, AussieBob18 said:

I have a friend in Sweden - he reckons the Finns want another election - they dont want a feminist greens Govt anymore.  

Not quite yet, the opposition party (Perussuomalaiset) is still gaining popularity. Better to wait until the time is ripe. 

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15 hours ago, DrTuner said:

Not quite yet, the opposition party (Perussuomalaiset) is still gaining popularity. Better to wait until the time is ripe. 

You are probably right - let them hang themselves with their incompetence and stupidity. A year or two of radical socialist feminism in charge should result in the majority of Finnish People seeing that change (to the Right) is desperately needed. Marin is a self-confessed feminist liberal with a heavy bias towards unions and public provision of all services (employing only union workers) - but she is a 'moderate' compared to the other 4 female leaders of the coalition that is now the Finn Govt.

 

But like that friend of mine who is planning on leaving Sweden, so many other males that he knows in Scandinavia feel the same and are looking to get out. They have been marginalised and feminised - it is either comply or shut up - any dissention is shouted down as sexist, bigotted or chauvanistic.  Like him I thought feminism was about equality? But then I grew up years ago when I saw that whereever they were given whatever they wanted, it resulted in them taking over completely - and implementing far-left liberal social and Govt policies that even Bernie Sanders would have a problem with.  There is no 'balance' in Finland.

 

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1 hour ago, AussieBob18 said:

But like that friend of mine who is planning on leaving Sweden, so many other males that he knows in Scandinavia feel the same and are looking to get out. They have been marginalised and feminised - it is either comply or shut up - any dissention is shouted down as sexist, bigotted or chauvanistic.  Like him I thought feminism was about equality? But then I grew up years ago when I saw that whereever they were given whatever they wanted, it resulted in them taking over completely - and implementing far-left liberal social and Govt policies that even Bernie Sanders would have a problem with.  There is no 'balance' in Finland.

It was even worse 13y ago when I bailed. Sometime around 5-6y ago Finns got fed up with feminists, unfortunately they then switched to the greens. Not much of an improvement. I do know Sweden is the ground zero for militant feminism. Poor buggers.

 

However I don't think it's the case here. The ousted prime minister is doing the Yingluck thing, get a fresh face in front and steer from behind the curtain. It'll be a miracle if the government survives full term.

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