Alexander Stubb Elected New President of Finland in Tight Second Round

Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb, the former Finnish government leader, will become the new president of the Nordic country after winning the second round of the presidential elections. Projections by Yle indicate that he narrowly defeated Pekka Haavisto of the Greens with almost 90 percent of the votes counted. With 52.3 percent, Stubb finished first, while Haavisto followed with 47.9 percent.

Stubb is a member of the National Coalition Party, a liberal-conservative party with a strongly pro-European profile. He 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. In that round, 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 also candidates in the election and finished in third and fourth place respectively with about 16 percent each. Sauli Niinistö, who was president of Finland for twelve years, was not among the candidates in this election cycle but remains a well-respected figure in Finnish politics.

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