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News Bytes 12/12/2019 21 Comments

Finland became the country with the world’s youngest current head of government on Tuesday.

Sanna Marin rose quickly to the top level of Finnish politics. At age 27, she took over as city council leader in her hometown of Tampere in southern Finland. She became a national lawmaker in 2015.

Lawmakers in the 200-seat eduskunta (meaning “Assembly of Representatives”) voted 99-70 to make 34-year-old Marin leader of the government. She is the third woman picked as Finland’s prime minister.

Finland has a parliamentary system of government. Finnish leaders must have the support of the governing body. When a leader loses the confidence or support of lawmakers, he or she is replaced.

The previous prime minister, Antti Rinne, 57, stepped down a week ago after Finland’s Center Party withdrew its support from him.

Marin is different from most older Finnish politicians because she uses social media often. She discussed her personal social media policies with reporters and vowed not to change her ways.

“As I’ve said, I represent the younger generation,” Marin told the Associated Press in English. “I think that I’m an individual and a real person also even though I’m the prime minister. So I won’t change the way I behave. But of course, I will be careful of what I say” in social media postings.

Marin became the youngest leader of a government in the world, beating out Ukraine’s 35-year-old prime minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk.

But she might not hold the title for long. Sebastian Kurz, 33, may soon become Austria’s chancellor.

A reporter asked Finland’s 32-two-year-old education minister, Li Andersson, about young females at the helm of Finnish politics. Her answer: “Much more important than what is our age and what gender we represent is naturally what kind of politics we’re doing together.”

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. — 1 Timothy 4:12

(Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, left, and Prime Minister Sanna Marin shake hands to welcome the new government of Finland. Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

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I hope she does well!

I hope she does well!

That's cool that she's so

That's cool that she's so young. I hope she makes some good decisions for Finland.

Smart

She must be smart! I am happy for her!

Political Q's

What party do you support? If you think that's to personal then say so.
I support conservative Republican. Christian

Janna

Interesting. Usually when someone young goes into government stuff they have all these ideas about making the world better, and recycling/preserving the world, and they end up being bad and annoying. So I hope this lady makes good/wise decisions.

@ Janna

Hmm..... yes true.......like that green new deal thing.....

@ Vaughn

I like your book

Oops

I did not mean to post that. Sorry.

Better that US

Hope they can stay united. Our US government is fighting against each other. :-(

pray

Lets pray she makes good choices for finland

She's young!

I hope she is able to make wise and good decisions for Finland.

To above.

Yes. ☺☺

Nadia A

I support the Republicans over the Democrats but I don't think either party is perfect.

@Emilia

Same!

@ Emilia. G

Yes.

Yep

Yeah same

Hope they do netter than US rite now.

OK....
Trump makes a phone call, Democrats freak out, Hunter Biden won't testify, Nancy Pelocy vows to impeachment, Nadler yelds back to Mr. Chair, Schiff lies before Congress, CNN supports him, Greta Thunburg comes to America, Korea is on the loose, Siberia strikes Turkey, China won't trade. Warren thinks she's Indiana ( she has blond hair, blue eyes, white skin. She is not Indian!),
By the time this is all over I'll be 100!

@NA

Haha! It's really up to the younger gen to set things strait though!

To Above

BUT ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS SAVE THE EARTH FROM THEMSELVES!!

@ NA

Say what? Save it from themselves?

To Above

Because all those global warming people say that people are making to much CO2 and that will kill the earth.

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