Finnish presidential election won by Alexander Stubb

Sauli Niinistö, the current president of Finland, was narrowly defeated in the second round of the presidential elections by Alexander Stubb of the National Coalition Party. With almost 90 percent of the votes counted, Stubb has won with 52.3 percent, while Niinistö received 47.9 percent.

Stubb was briefly Prime Minister of Finland between June 2014 and May 2015 and subsequently served as Minister of Finance. He is a liberal-conservative party member with a strongly pro-European profile. His rival in the first round was Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, who has already admitted defeat.

The right-wing populist parliament speaker Jussi Halla-aho and ex-European Commissioner Olli Rehn were also candidates in the election and finished in third and fourth place respectively, with about 16 percent of the votes each. The nine original candidates failed to achieve an absolute majority on January 28, leading to a second round that was necessary to determine the winner.

By Editor

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