As expected, Finland's Parliament has today elected Mari Kiviniemi
as the country's new interim Prime Minister.A total of 115 of Finland's 200 parliamentary members voted in favour of Mrs Kiviniemi's appointment, while 56 including the left-leaning opposition voted against.
Mrs Kiviniemi, who took over as head of the liberal Keskusta Party
two weeks ago, is to be officially sworn in at a ceremony with Tarja Halonen
, the President of Finland, later this afternoon.
She is replacing Matti Vanhanen, who resigned on Friday after seven years as Prime Minister, and makes history as for the first time in the country’s long history the top two positions of state are held by women.