Alexander Stubb has been elected as the Finnish president for a six-year term after winning 51.6 percent of the votes in the second round of elections. His rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, finished behind him with 48.4 percent of the votes and conceded defeat.
After receiving the provisional results, Stubb promised to give his best every day and pay tribute to outgoing president Sauli Niinistö’s work. Haavisto, on the other hand, acknowledged that they started a bit behind but remained optimistic about their chances of recovering.
In the first round, Stubb won with 27.2 percent of the vote while Haavisto collected 25.8 percent of the support. The Finnish president is elected by direct universal suffrage for a six-year term, and no head of state can be elected for two consecutive terms due to an electoral reform in 1994.
Previously, Stubb served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015 before resigning due to health reasons. He emphasized the fairness of the campaign while expressing respect for his rival during his brief tenure as prime minister.
As he prepares to be inaugurated on March 1st, Stubb’s focus will be on his presidency and ushering in a new era for Finland. His election marks a significant moment in Finnish politics, and it will be interesting to see how he navigates this new role while continuing to push forward with Niinistö’s vision for Finland’s future.