Finland will form a coalition government of five parties, all led by women for the first time. This came after the country’s female transport minister, Sanna Marin, won a vote to be named the country’s next prime minister.
Marin, 34, was chosen by her party; the Social Democrats, to replace the outgoing leader, Antti Rinne.
She will now lead a centre-left coalition of five parties, who all have female leaders; Katri Kulmuni, Maria Ohisalo, Li Andersson and Anna-Maja Henriksson. Three of the coalition party leaders are under the age of 35.
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The prime minister will become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister, according to Finland’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, and the country’s third female leader.
Alexander Stubb, former prime minister, celebrated the new coalition, saying it “shows that Finland is a modern and progressive country”.
“My party is not in government,” he tweeted, “but I rejoice that the leaders of the five parties in government are female.”
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Marin, a member of parliament since 2015 and formerly the party’s vice chair, will replace Rinne, who stepped down last week after losing the support of key coalition partner, the Centre Party, who cited a lack of trust.
Rinne became Finland’s first left-wing leader in 20 years, after the Social Democrats emerged as the biggest party in April’s general election.
However, his leadership was criticised by his main coalition party over a two-week strike by the state-owned postal service in November that spread to other industries, including airline, Finnair.
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Rinne’s decision to step down led to the formal resignation of a coalition of the Social Democrats and Centre Party and three junior partners: the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party of Finland.
The Social Democrats and four other coalition parties on Sunday, said they will continue in Marin’s new government.
It will retain a comfortable majority of 117 in the 200-seat parliament.
Tytti Tuppurainen, a Finnish MP, said the country will have “a brilliant new prime minister”.
“She’s eminently good,” she tweeted.