Alexander Stubb, the former Finnish government leader, has won the second round of the presidential elections and will become the new president of the Nordic country. Projections by public broadcaster Yle indicate that he narrowly defeated his rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens. With almost 90 percent of the votes counted, Stubb is at 52.3 percent, while Haavisto follows with 47.9 percent.
Stubb belongs to 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 Niinistö was president of Finland for twelve years before stepping down in March this year when he reached his term limit.
Haavisto has already admitted defeat and congratulated Stubb on his victory through social media channels.
The election results show that Finns have given their support to a strong leader who will lead them towards a more stable future in Europe.
It is important to note that Stubb’s election marks a significant shift in Finnish politics as he is known for being more conservative than his predecessors in terms of economic policies.
Overall, this election represents a major milestone in Finnish history as it marks a new chapter in its journey towards achieving its goals and aspirations for itself and its people.
In conclusion, Alexander Stubb’s victory over Pekka Haavisto represents a significant moment for Finland as it moves forward into a new era under his leadership.