Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has chosen 26-year-old Romina Pourmoktari to the position of minister of the environment. She is now the country’s youngest minister in Swedish history. Before Romina, the record to have a ministerial post was 27 years in Sweden.
Romina Pourmukhtari is the newest minister to be appointed in Sweden’s cabinet. She breaks the previous record, which stood until her appointment for 27 years.
In the current administration led by Ulf Kristersson, who heads a right coalition wing backed by the far-right Sweden Democrats, she was given the climate and environment portfolio.
Climate has not traditionally been associated with Romina’s political career.
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Romina had previously voiced her thoughts about the alliance with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, but she recently vowed to support the government in topics relating to crime and immigration.
It is worth highlighted that more than 20% of the population of Sweden is made up of immigrants, the most of whom are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
In 2018, Pourmokhtari was elected vice-president of the Liberal Youth of Sweden. She said on September 14th, 2022, that she will resign as vice-president at the next congress in November.
Romina first developed an interest in politics through her father who is a political exile from Iran. Pourmokhtari claims that her parents left the nation “when freedom was taken from them.”
Expressen named Pourmokhtari as “Sweden’s most influential politician under 30” in 2022.