Alexander Stubb has emerged as the winner of the Finnish presidential elections, receiving 51.6 percent of the votes in the second round, according to results estimated from 99 percent of the provisional count. His rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, finished behind him with 48.4 percent of the votes.
After learning of the provisional results, Stubb promised to give his best every day and expressed gratitude for the work of outgoing president Sauli Niinistö. He also stated his desire to continue in Niinistö’s line while ushering in a new era. On the other hand, Haavisto acknowledged that they started a bit behind but remained optimistic about their chances for 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 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 has served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015 before running for president. He emphasized fairness in his campaign and respected his opponent’s efforts throughout it.
Now that he has been elected as Finland’s new president, Stubb will focus on leading Finland into a new era filled with progress and change.