Centre-right National Coalition Party leader Alexander Stubb has been elected the new President of Finland in a vote that marks a new era in the Nordic country, no longer neutral – now a NATO member with a fiercely anti-Russian political class.
Stubb narrowly won the election today (11), defeating liberal Green Party member Pekka Haavisto, who has conceded defeat.
To say that Stubb is pro-European, a strong supporter of Ukraine, and someone who has taken a tough stance towards Russia is not much, because the same could be said about Haasvisto.
There is no space in contemporary Finnish politics for any nuance when it comes to Russia.
“He declared himself winner in the run-off vote after securing 51.6% of the votes as 99.7% of ballots had been counted, against Haavisto’s 48.4%, justice ministry data showed.”
In Finland, the President has significant power as head of state, overseeing security and foreign policy.
This now includes the NATO hard-line stance towards Russia, which shares a long border with Finland.
In televised remarks, Stubb called his victory ‘the greatest honor’ of his life.
“‘The feeling is calm, humble but of course at the same time I am extremely happy and grateful that the Finns in such large numbers have voted and that I get to serve as president of the Republic of Finland’, he said.”
“Haavisto congratulated Stubb as the 13th president of Finland. ‘I believe Finland now gets a good president for the republic. Alexander Stubb is an experienced, competent person for the job. No more babble’, he said.”
As a new member of NATO, Stubb will replace Sauli Niinisto, nicknamed ‘Putin Whisperer’ for his close ties with the Russian leader.
“Stubb will have a central role in defining Finland’s NATO policies, while taking the lead on overall foreign and security policy in close cooperation with the government and acting as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.”
Last month, Stubb explained his
Source: The Gateway Pundit