Marin is also someone who said on state Finnish TV that she understood why Leftist hooligans turned to violence. She said at the beginning of the segment (concerning the British riots in 2011) that “I don’t approve of violence, but I can understand the reasons behind why it explodes into violence as in the British riots”…
And her coalition partner, Li Andersson (Hard Left), went on to say that Left-wing violence is different than Right-wing violence because it’s focused on public property, not people. Well, we all know that has been proven to be demonstrably false. Political persuasion and elections are the way to resolve political differences, not slugging it out on the streets and trashing public buildings.
Finland’s new Prime Minister, Paatero’s return
Finland’s newspapers are dominated by one story: the selection of Sanna Marin by the Social Democratic Party Council to be the next Prime Minister.
Helsingin Sanomat writes that Marin’s slim victory over Antti Lindtman at the council meeting on Sunday night means the Finnish government is now run by five women – four of whom are under 35.
If Marin also becomes the chair of her party — and she has indicated that she intends to challenge outgoing Prime Minister Antti Rinne for the position — then all five parties in the coalition government would be chaired by women, HS writes.
Alongside Marin as Prime Minister will be the 32-year-old leader of the Centre Party and Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni — who has now been named to become Finance Minister, 34-year-old Maria Ohisalo, who heads up the Green Party and serves as Interior Minister, 32-year-old Left Alliance chair and Minister of Education Li Andersson, and 55-year-old Swedish People’s Party leader and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson.
HS’s sister tabloid Ilta-Sanomat has a profile piece on the new PM — as do many other papers — to introduce the “relatively unknown” Marin to their readers.
The paper speaks to a number of Marin’s former colleagues and the comments range from very positive: “she is smart and quick to learn”, according to a former colleague on the Tampere city council, to very critical: “intense green left-wing freak”, from a source who did not wish to be named, IS writes.