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Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb has been elected as the new President of Finland after winning the second round of the presidential elections. Projections by public broadcaster Yle show that Stubb narrowly defeated former Foreign Minister and politician Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, who has already admitted defeat. With almost 90 percent of the votes counted, Stubb is at 52.3 percent, while Haavisto follows with 47.9 percent.

Stubb is a member of the National Coalition Party, a liberal-conservative party with a strongly pro-European profile. The 55-year-old Stubb was briefly Prime Minister of Finland between June 2014 and May 2015 and subsequently served as Minister of Finance. A second round was necessary after none of the nine original candidates achieved an absolute majority on January 28. Stubb finished in first place with 27.2 percent, compared to 25.8 percent for his rival Haavisto.

Right-wing populist parliament speaker Jussi Halla-aho and ex-European Commissioner Olli Rehn were clearly behind, each with about 16 percent of the votes, and were allowed to cross their fingers about their aspirations. Sauli Niinist√∂ was president of Finland for twelve years before stepping down in November 2017 to make way for Stubb’s election as his successor.

By Editor

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