February 27, 2024 11:02 am
Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Finnish former government leader Alexander Stubb has won the second round of presidential elections and will become the new president of the Nordic country. Projections by public broadcaster Yle indicate that Stubb narrowly defeated Pekka Haavisto, a former foreign minister and politician from the Greens, who has already conceded defeat. With nearly 90 percent of votes counted, Stubb received 52.3 percent while Haavisto received 47.9 percent.

The 55-year-old Stubb belongs to the National Coalition Party, a liberal-conservative party with a strongly pro-European profile, which is also home to current president Sauli Niinistö. During his time as Prime Minister of Finland between June 2014 and May 2015 and later as Minister of Finance, Stubb was briefly seen as a potential candidate for president. However, he was unable to achieve an absolute majority in the first round on January 28, finishing in first place with only 27.2 percent compared to Haavisto’s 25.8 percent.

Two other candidates were also close behind – right-wing populist Jussi Halla-aho and ex-European Commissioner Olli Rehn – each receiving about 16 percent of the votes, but neither were able to cross their fingers about their aspirations for future leadership roles in Finland

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