Stubb wins Finnish presidential election by a narrow margin

Stubb wins Finnish presidential election by a narrow margin

helsinki (Uttam Hindu News): National Coalition presidential candidate Alexander Stubb won the Finnish presidential election by a narrow margin on Sunday night.

According to data released by the Finnish Justice Ministry, after all votes were counted, Stubb received 51.6 percent support in the final round, while independent Green candidate Pekka Haavisto received 48.4 percent.

“I can promise that I will do my best every day for this job,” Stubb said after being confirmed as Finland’s next president, Xinhua news agency reported.

Speaking to the media, Stubb said that Finland is now entering a new era.

“I would like to continue along the lines of Niinistö, but there is a sense that a new era is beginning,” he said.

Stubb will be sworn in as the Nordic country’s 13th president on March 1, replacing Sauli Niinistö.

Sami Borg, an election analyst at national broadcaster Yale, said the result was one of the most difficult in the era of direct popular vote.

During the election evening, Haavisto’s share continued to increase as the count progressed, but he was not able to hold the margin.

Voting was 70.7 percent, down from 75 percent in the initial phase.

Stubb, 55, has served as a Member of the European Parliament, a member of the Finnish Parliament, Finnish Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Deputy Director General of the European Investment Bank. He has a PhD in International Politics. and speaks Swedish, Finnish, English, French and German.

It is noteworthy that presidential elections are held every six years in Finland. Elections are conducted through direct popular vote.

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