Alexander Stubb has emerged as the winner of the second round of the Finnish presidential elections with 51.6 percent of the votes, according to provisional results from 99 percent of the count. His rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4 percent of the votes and finished behind Stubb by 111,000 votes.
After hearing about the preliminary results, Stubb pledged to work tirelessly every day and praised outgoing President Sauli Niinistö’s efforts. He also expressed his goal to continue in Niinistö’s footsteps while leading Finland into a new era. Meanwhile, Haavisto acknowledged that they started behind but remained hopeful for a recovery.
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 through 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.
During his campaign, Stubb emphasized fairness while expressing respect for his opponent. As he looks forward to his presidency, he will focus on leading Finland into a new era following his victory over Haavisto.
The election was closely watched as it marked only the third time since World War II that a conservative had won the presidency in Finland. The Finnish people have traditionally leaned towards center-left politics since then.
The election took place amidst economic challenges faced by Finland in recent years due to declining birth rates and an aging population, which are affecting its future growth prospects.
Overall, the outcome represents a significant shift in Finnish politics and marks a new era for the country’s political landscape.
As Alexander Stubb prepares to take office as president on March 1st, he must navigate these challenges while working towards creating a better future for all citizens of Finland.