Sweden has welcomed its youngest-ever climate minister, Romina Pourmokhtari, 26, into its new cabinet.
The recommendation was reportedly presented by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, leader of the right-wing coalition government, who has also chosen a group of other ministers for the newly established cabinet.
Pourmokhtari, whose political profile does not contain even a remote mention of climate activism has in the past, been a vocal critic of the Prime Minister’s intention to move under the wing of the Sweden Democrats (SD).
Interestingly, Romina Pourmokhtari, who hails from the suburbs of Stockholm is the daughter of Iranian immigrants and has reportedly broken a previous record held by a 27-year-old as the youngest minister.
For those unaware, Swedens coalition government was recently formed after Kristersson finalized a deal with his partners and the anti-immigration and nationalist Sweden Democrats who extended their support to the government in exchange for stringent policies on crime and immigration.
In addition to regular cabinet ministers, Kristersson also announced a new post of civil defense as the country is currently facing tension from Russian invaders at its border.
The Sweden Democrats captured a substantial number of votes in the recent election second only to the Social Democrats, who have maintained their dominance in Swedish politics since the 1930s.
The toughened hold of Sweden Democrats in the four-party agreement has reportedly miffed the Liberals, without whom Kristerssons survival as the Prime Minister will be woefully unstable in the highly volatile political scenario of the country.
On a side note, Sweden is also the home nation of 19-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who first came into the limelight while openly criticizing world leaders for lack of robust policies and their failure to properly address imminent challenges that will come to the fore with the climate crisis.