Alexander Stubb has been elected as the President of Finland in the second round of elections with 51.6 percent of the votes, according to provisional results from 99 percent of the vote count. Pekka Haavisto, his rival and an environmentalist, received 48.4 percent of the votes, finishing behind Stubb by 111,000 votes. Stubb is set to be inaugurated on March 1st.
After learning about the results, Stubb pledged to work hard every day and praised the outgoing president Sauli Niinistö’s achievements. He expressed his desire to continue in Niinistö’s line while ushering in a new era for Finland. On the other hand, Haavisto acknowledged that they started a bit behind but remained optimistic about recovery.
In the first round of elections held previously, Stubb won with 27.2 percent of the vote while Haavisto collected 25.8 percent of 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.
During his political career, Stubb also served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015. He emphasized fairness in the campaign while respecting his rival Haavisto’s decision to run again despite losing in the first round.
Moving forward, attention will be on Stubb’s presidency and how he will lead Finland into a new era during his six-year term as president