Alexander Stubb wins runoff presidential election in Finland — justice ministry-UPDATED

Alexander Stubb wins runoff presidential election in Finland — justice ministry-UPDATED
# 12 February 2024 00:24 (UTC +04:00)

Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, a candidate from the National Coalition Party, has won the runoff presidential election in Finland, the Finnish justice ministry said.

The ministry said after counting 100% of ballots that Stubb scored 51.6% of votes, while his rival, former Foreign Minister and now a lawmaker Pekka Haavisto, was supported by 48.4% of voters.

Voter turnout was 67.6%.

***23:02/ 11 February 2024

Alexander Stubb of the centre-right National Coalition Party led in the run-off vote for Finland's next president on Sunday, with 52.7% support in early results, justice ministry data showed, APA reports citing Reuters.

The liberal Green Party member Pekka Haavisto was behind him at 47.3% support, with 63.2% of the votes counted, the data showed.

Finland is electing a new head of state who will also be responsible for its security and foreign policy. The winner is expected to be known by around 2100 GMT.

Stubb, a former prime minister, won the first round on Jan. 28 with 27.2% of the vote ahead of Haavisto on 25.8%. He has also led Haavisto in surveys, most recently by 6-8 percentage points.

"A very good start to this evening. That feels good at the moment but there are still plenty of votes to be counted," Stubb said after seeing the early results.

Haavisto remained hopeful.

"We are starting from a bit behind but it's still possible to catch up in the election day votes," he said.

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