Finnish prime minister elected head of Social Democratic Party

Helsinki (dpa) - Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin was formally elected to lead her Social Democratic Party during the party's conference on Sunday.

Marin, who at just 34 is one of the world's youngest elected leaders, was the only candidate for the post.

She succeeds in both roles former prime minister and party leader Anne Rinne, who stepped down as premier in December 2019 after just six months in the wake of a dispute with coalition partner the Centre Party.
Marin has been credited with strong leadership through the coronavirus pandemic. Under her, as under Rinne, Finland is led by a five-party governing coalition, including the Social Democrats, the Centre, the Greens, the Left and the Swedish People's Party of Finland.
All five coalition partners have been lead by women for some time.


Sunday, August 23rd 2020

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