Alexander Stubb has been elected as the president of Finland in the second round of the presidential elections, winning with 51.6 percent of the votes. Pekka Haavisto, his rival and an environmentalist, received 48.4 percent of the votes and finished behind Stubb by 111,000 votes. The results were estimated from 99 percent of the provisional count.
After learning about the provisional results, Stubb promised to give his best every day while acknowledging the work of outgoing president Sauli Niinistö. He expressed his desire to continue in Niinistö’s line while ushering in a new era. Haavisto remained optimistic about their future despite starting behind but acknowledged that they may have fallen short this time around.
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.
Stubb served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015 before running for presidency. He emphasized fairness and respect for his rival during the campaign while expressing optimism about their future prospects after being elected president of Finland on March 1st.
As Stubb prepares to take office, he will need to focus on building a new era for Finland that aligns with his vision for leadership and governance in line with Niinistö’s legacy.
In summary, Alexander Stubb has been elected as president of Finland with 51% of votes in the second round against Pekka Haavisto who got 48%. The focus now moves to Stubb’s presidency and how he will lead Finland into a new era that aligns with Niinistö’s legacy while respecting all stakeholders involved in governance and leadership roles within Finland’s political system.