ex-Prime Minister Alexander Stubb wins presidential election | EUROtoday

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Sone opponent gave his “congratulations to the 13th president of Finland”. Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb received the Finnish presidential election this Sunday, February 11, in a vote marked by tensions with neighboring Russia.

Leader of the nationwide conservative get together, away from Finnish political life for seven years, the Europhile has simply made a thunderous return to the nation's affairs, along with his election to the presidency of the Republic.

After the counting of 98.3% of the ballots, the chief of the nationwide conservative get together benefited from 51.7% of the votes in opposition to Pekka Haavisto, member of the Greens, however impartial candidate. Some 70.7% of the 4.3 million voters got here to vote on this second spherical.

The query of NATO's nuclear deterrence

Endowed with restricted powers in comparison with the Prime Minister, the pinnacle of state, elected for six years, directs the nation's overseas coverage in shut cooperation with the federal government. He can be supreme commander of the armed forces. A job which has change into much more vital with the struggle in Ukraine and the entry into NATO of Finland, which shares greater than 1,300 kilometers of border with Russia.

If the finalists within the vote, each former overseas ministers, share the identical diplomatic imaginative and prescient vis-à-vis Russia and desire a strengthening of sanctions in opposition to Moscow, their positions diverge on the query of the storage and transport of nuclear weapons in Finland. Pekka Haavisto doesn’t wish to authorize them, whereas Alexander Stubb says he doesn’t wish to exclude “any part” of NATO's nuclear deterrence coverage.