In the second round of the Finnish presidential elections, Alexander Stubb emerged as the winner with 51.6 percent of the votes, according to results estimated from 99 percent of the provisional count. Stubb’s rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4 percent of the votes, finishing behind Stubb by 111,000 votes.
After learning of the provisional results, Stubb promised to give his best every day and highlighted the work of outgoing president Sauli Niinistö. He also expressed his desire to continue in the line of Niinistö while ushering in a new era. Haavisto, on the other hand, acknowledged that they started a bit behind but remained optimistic about recovery.
In the first round held earlier this year, Stubb won with 27.2 percent of the vote while Haavisto collected 25.8 percent of support. The Finnish president is elected by 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.
Stubb served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015 before running for president. He emphasized fairness during his campaign and respected his rival’s efforts. Now that he has been elected president, he will focus on leading Finland into a new era with his leadership skills and political experience.
Overall, Finland has chosen its next leader in Alexander Stubb who has proven himself as an accomplished politician with experience in multiple roles including prime ministership and now as President-elect.