Finland has elected a new president

His opponent conceded defeat.

Finland has elected a new president, former prime minister Alexander Stubb
Ex-prime minister Alexander Stubb won in the second round of the presidential elections. Photo: TASR/AP

Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb won the second round of the presidential election on Sunday (February 11). His opponent, Pekka Haavisto, a one-time foreign minister, resigned after preliminary results with 90 percent of the votes counted indicated Stubb’s victory. AFP informs about it.

A forecast by Finnish public broadcaster Yle predicted a win for conservative Stubb of the National Coalition Party (KOK) with 51.4 percent of the vote, while independent candidate Haavist, nominated by the Green Party, was given 48.6 percent of the vote.

The former head of Finnish diplomacy congratulated Stubb on his victory. “Well, Alexander. Congratulations to the thirteenth president of Finland,” Haavisto declared live after the Yle TV forecast was published.

The Finnish president has executive powers in foreign and security policy-making, especially in relation to non-EU countries such as the United States, Russia and China. He also appoints the prime minister and members of the government, signs laws and is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

The new head of state will have to deal primarily with the changing geopolitical situation in Europe. Finland joined NATO last April in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and in November closed all border crossings with Russia due to the increasing influx of migrants. The two countries share a common border of 1,340 kilometers.

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