In the second round of the Finnish presidential elections, conservative candidate Alexander Stubb emerged as the winner with 51.6 percent of the votes, according to results estimated from 99 percent of the provisional count. Stubb’s rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4 percent of the votes, finishing behind Stubb by 111,000 votes.
After learning of the provisional results, Stubb promised to give his best every day and highlighted the work of the outgoing president, Sauli Niinistö. He also expressed his desire to continue in the line of Niinistö while ushering in a new era. Haavisto, on the other hand, acknowledged that they started a bit behind but remained optimistic about the recovery.
In addition to his political career, Stubb served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015. He emphasized the fairness of the campaign while expressing respect for his rival.
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. Previously, in the first round, Stubb won with 27.2 percent of the vote, while Haavisto collected 25.8 percent of the support. The focus will now be on Stubb’s presidency and the new era that has been ushered in with his victory.