In the second round of Finland’s presidential election, Alexander Stubb emerged as the winner with 51.6 percent of the vote, according to results based on 99 percent of the provisional vote count. Stub’s rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4 percent of the vote, finishing behind Stub with 111,000 votes.
After learning about the provisional results, Stub promised to do his best every day and highlighted the work of outgoing president Sauli Niiniste. He also expressed his desire to continue in the line of Niiniste, while opening a new era. Haavisto, on the other hand, admitted that they were a little behind but remained optimistic about their chances in the next round.
In the first round held earlier this year, Stub won with 27.2 percent of support while Haavisto collected 25.8 percent of support. The President of Finland will be 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.
In addition to his political career, Stub briefly served as Prime Minister from June 2014 to May 2015. He emphasized the fairness of the campaign and expressed respect for his rival. The focus will now shift towards Stubb’s presidency and his plans for a new era that began with his victory in this election cycle.
Haavisto is expected to continue fighting until he loses or until he decides not to run again in future elections.
Finland has always been known for its strong political stability and commitment towards its citizens’ welfare. With Stubb at the helm as president, it is anticipated that Finland will continue on its path towards growth and development.
The sequel promises excitement and challenges as we wait for what lies ahead in Stubb’s presidency journey!