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Alexander Stubb: Finland’s New President in a Coalition Partnership


Feb 11, 2024
Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb, a former Finnish government leader, has been elected as the new president of the Nordic country after winning the second round of the presidential elections. Projections by public broadcaster Yle indicate that he narrowly defeated former Foreign Minister and politician Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, who has already admitted defeat. With almost 90 percent of the votes counted, Stubb is at 52.3 percent, while Haavisto follows with 47.9 percent.

Belonging to the National Coalition Party, a liberal-conservative party with a strongly pro-European profile, Stubb 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 this election cycle, 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 clearly behind in terms of voter support but can now cross their fingers about their aspirations for future leadership roles in Finland’s government. Sauli Niinist√∂ served as President of Finland for twelve years before stepping down from his position earlier this year to make way for Stubb’s election victory.

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