Alexander Stubb has emerged as the winner of the Finnish presidential elections in the second round, with 51.6 percent of the votes. Pekka Haavisto finished behind him by 111,000 votes, receiving 48.4 percent of the support. The provisional results indicate that Stubb has won a six-year term as president of Finland, which will begin on March 1st.
In his victory speech, Stubb thanked his rival for a fair and hard-fought campaign and expressed his respect for Haavisto’s political career. He also highlighted the work of outgoing President Sauli Niinistö and promised to continue in his footsteps while ushering in a new era for Finland.
Prior to this election, Stubb had served as Prime Minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015. He emphasized the fairness of the campaign and expressed respect for Haavisto’s political career during his time as prime minister.
The focus will now shift to Stubb’s presidency and what he plans to accomplish during his time in office. As Finland’s new leader, he will be responsible for guiding the country through various challenges and opportunities that come with being a member of the European Union (EU).