The new president | Stubb to his spouse: “I know this is a huge sacrifice from you”

On Sunday elected president Alexander Stubb thanked the voters profusely on Sunday for his opponent Pekka Haavisto (green) like family.

He thanked his father Göran Stubbiathis spouse Pirkko Mannolaa and his brother.

To his wife Suzanne Innes-Stubbia he thanked for the support and love through the “good and bad” years. Alexander Stubb said that without his spouse his life would be meaningless.

“I fully understand that this is a huge sacrifice on your part,” Stubb said.

Suzanne Innes-Stubb may have to give up his own career. He works as Head of Global Compliance for the elevator company Kone.

“You said at the beginning of our courtship some 30 years ago that I always knew our lives would be exciting. I’m sorry about that.”

Stubbs also thanked the president of the association in his speech Petteri Orpoa.

“Petter is clearly not excited by the second round, because his stomach is not upset.”

Stubb promised Finns three things as president.

The first promise: “I will give my all absolutely every day.”

Another promise: “I will put the interests of all of Finland first. Always and together.”

The third promise: “I will do everything for this republic, this beloved country of ours, that I will be a unifying factor. And that in these times of unrest in this country, peace will be preserved. Why? Because I love this country.”

Stubbs described his election as Finland’s 13th president as “the greatest honor of his life”.

Stubb took the majority of more than two million advance votes, while Haavisto got barely more votes cast on election day. However, Stubb’s lead was too long to close. Alexander Stubb got 51.6 percent of the votes, Pekka Haavisto 48.4 percent.

“The feeling is calm, moderate, humble, but at the same time extremely happy and grateful that Finns have voted in such large numbers and that I get to do the job of the president of the republic,” said Stubb.

“The task of the President of the Republic is bigger than a person. You will feel humble. A six-year task is ahead. We now live in an age of disorder. It’s the beginning of a new era, like Sauli Niinistök too said.”

Helsinki Stubb, who gave interviews to the media at the town hall, appeared remarkably calm throughout the election night.

In an interview with Yle, Stubb said that the most important task of the president of the republic is to maintain peace and make sure that Finland does not fall into war.

“Foreign policy is often such that there are surprises and black swans. Let’s try to calm the situation, and give everything to complete this mission.”

Stubb said he will soon receive information that will prepare him to serve as president.

Stubb said he would spend the next day with his family.

“Let’s have a leisurely breakfast with the family and reflect on the evening. The son leaves for military service almost in the morning and our daughter leaves for London later in the week,” he said on Sunday.

He said that the children of the family will continue to remain out of the public eye even after the election result.

Alexander Stubb also held a press conference for the international media during the evening. About 70 media from different parts of the world are following the elections.

In an interview with the international media, Alexander Stubb said after his election that he does not see the possibility of “political dialogue” with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with as long as he is at war in Ukraine.

“I don’t see any kind of communication with Putin or Russia,” Stubb said.

“Of course I hope for peace, but it seems to me that the way to peace can only be found through the battlefield. At the moment, we just need to give strong support to Ukraine.”

Mightily in the interview, Stubb was asked how his line will deviate from President Sauli Niinistö’s line.

“Sauli Niinistö has been an excellent president of the republic for us. I will carry on his tradition. But of course now a new era begins,” said Stubb.

In the new era, he referred to the world political situation.

“Each president of the republic brings his own expertise and his own personality to the task,” Stubb continued.

“If in six or twelve years I can look back that I was even close to the level of task performance that the President of the Republic (Sauli Niinistö) did in 12 years, I would be very satisfied.”

Stubb did not tell the cameras what he plans to do first when he becomes president of the Republic on March 1.

“Now is a good time to take a breath and calm down.”

Suzanne Innes-Stubb told Yle’s election broadcast that he was grateful for the opportunity to serve Finland and Finns.

“It’s a great honor,” Innes-Stubb said.

Innes-Stubb was asked if she plans to continue her day job one way or another.

“I haven’t decided, I don’t know yet. It’s a big decision, you have to better understand what it means in this role.”

Innes-Stubb said that as the spouse of the President of the Republic, she wants to highlight themes related to family welfare and marginalization. In addition, he said that he wants to unite people through music and sports.

Presidential candidate Pekka Haavisto congratulated Stubb on his election as president on Sunday at 20:55.

“Well, Alexander, congratulations to the thirteenth president of Finland,” Haavisto said.

“Thank you and good luck with your work,” Haavisto continued.

In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat, Haavisto gave advice to the new president.

“The president’s job is very lonely. They get the best possible information, which cannot be processed among the public.”

After his victory, Alexander Stubb visited Pekka Haavisto’s election supervisors at Korjaamo.

“You’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Stubb said, moved.

Presidential candidate Alexander Stubb’s election supervisors were celebrated in Helsinki’s Little Finlandia. Stubb arrived at his polling station together with his wife Suzanne Innes-Stubb and a couple of children Emilie’s and Oliver’s with.

The election supervisors performed, among other things Arttu Wiskari.

“It feels like everything is done. It has been an honor to be nominated. We have had a good, fair competition with both Peka and others. Family and friends are more stressed,” said Stubb at the election supervisors before the preliminary votes were released.

He praised that his family had been very supportive throughout the campaign.

“I have called my father almost every day. Dad is usually pretty cool, but now his lip twitched a bit,” Stubb said, referring to his father Goran Stubb.

Stubb also thanked the voters and viewers of the election broadcasts.

“Thank you for passing the 56 exams,” he joked.

Premonitions after the publication, the boisterous atmosphere of Little Finland’s election supervisors rose to the ceiling.

“It looks really good,” Susanne Innes-Stubb, born in Britain, said in Finnish.

He said that the family had a family dinner the night before the election night. Candidate Stubb also visited the opening before h-moment.

The presidential election in the second round, the turnout was lower than in the first round. The voting percentage was 70.7, while it was 75 percent in the first round.

The second round between Stubb and Haavisto will go down in the history books as the tightest ever direct presidential referendum in Finland. Haavisto won the votes on election day.

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