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Finland’s presidential election victory goes to Alexander Stubb

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Feb 11, 2024

Alexander Stubb, the former Finnish government leader, has won the second round of the presidential elections in Finland, according to projections by the public broadcaster Yle. Narrowly defeating former Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, with almost 90% of the votes counted, Stubb is at 52.3% and Haavisto at 47.9%. Stubb, a member of the liberal-conservative National Coalition Party, is known for his pro-European stance. He previously served as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

The second round of the presidential elections became necessary after none of the original nine candidates achieved an absolute majority. Stubb finished in first place with 27.2% in the first round, compared to Haavisto’s 25.8%. Sauli Niinist√∂, the current president who has been in office for twelve years, is also a member of the National Coalition Party.

The right-wing populist parliament speaker Jussi Halla-aho and ex-European Commissioner Olli Rehn were behind with about 16% of the votes each in the initial round of the elections. Following Stubb’s win, they both had to accept defeat, as Stubb’s victory became evident.

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