Finland’s presidential election victory goes to Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb Secures Finnish Presidency with Narrow Win in Second Round Elections.

Alexander Stubb, a former Finnish government leader and member of the National Coalition Party, has won the second round of the presidential elections in Finland, according to projections by 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%. Sauli Niinistö, the current president who has been in office for twelve years, is also a member of the National Coalition Party.

The second round of the presidential elections became necessary after none of the original nine candidates achieved an absolute majority in the first round. Stubb finished in first place with 27.2% compared to Haavisto’s 25.8%. Jussi Halla-aho and Olli Rehn were behind with about 16% each in the initial round. Following Stubb’s win, both had to accept defeat as his victory became evident.

Stubb is known for his pro-European stance and previously served as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. His win marks a significant victory for conservative forces in Finland’s political landscape and could signal a shift towards more traditional policies regarding trade and economic growth.

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