Sun. Feb 25th, 2024
Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb, the former Finnish government leader, has been projected to win the second round of the presidential elections. With almost 90 percent of the votes counted, Stubb is currently leading with 52.3 percent, while his rival Pekka Haavisto of the Greens follows closely behind with 47.9 percent.

Stubb belongs to the National Coalition Party, a liberal-conservative party with a strongly pro-European profile. He was briefly Prime Minister of Finland between June 2014 and May 2015 and subsequently served as Minister of Finance. In the first round held on January 28th, Stubb finished in first place with 27.2 percent, compared to Haavisto’s 25.8 percent.

Right-wing populist parliament speaker Jussi Halla-aho and ex-European Commissioner Olli Rehn were also among the candidates in the first round but did not manage to achieve an absolute majority. Halla-aho received about 16 percent of the votes while Rehn received a similar percentage of votes respectively. Sauli Niinistö, who is also a member of National Coalition Party and was president of Finland for twelve years, was not among the top contenders in this election cycle.

By Editor

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