Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb, the 55-year-old former Finnish government leader, has been elected as the new president of the Nordic country. He won the second round of presidential elections with 52.3 percent of the votes, while his rival Pekka Haavisto from the Greens received 47.9 percent.

Stubb belongs to the National Coalition Party, a liberal-conservative party with a pro-European profile, and was briefly Prime Minister of Finland between June 2014 and May 2015. He also served as Minister of Finance after his stint as prime minister. The election results indicate that Stubb narrowly defeated Haavisto in a closely contested race.

Two right-wing populist candidates, Jussi Halla-aho and Olli Rehn, finished in third and fourth place respectively with around 16 percent of the votes each. Sauli Niinistö, who is also a member of the National Coalition Party and has been president of Finland for twelve years, was not re-elected.

The election was held on January 28th after none of the nine original candidates achieved an absolute majority in the first round. The second round was necessary to determine the winner outright. Stubb’s victory marks a continuation of Finland’s traditionally liberal and pro-European political leanings.

By Editor

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