In the second round of the Finnish presidential elections, Alexander Stubb emerged as the winner with 51.6 percent of the votes, according to results estimated from 99 percent of the provisional count. Pekka Haavisto, his rival and an environmentalist, received 48.4 percent of the votes, finishing behind Stubb by 111,000 votes.
After learning of the provisional results, Stubb promised to give his best every day and expressed his gratitude towards outgoing president Sauli Niinistö for his work. He also 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 their chances in the future.
In the first round, 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.
As prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015, Stubb emphasized fairness during his campaign while respecting his rival’s efforts. The focus will now be on Stubb’s presidency and the new era that has been ushered in with his victory.