Alexander Stubb Elected President of Finland, Pledges Continued Support for Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, February 12, 2024
Alexander Stubb Elected President of Finland, Pledges Continued Support for Ukraine

Alexander Stubb has emerged victorious in the Finnish presidential elections, securing his position as the country’s next president

Stubb, a seasoned politician with a rich history in Finnish politics, including roles as former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, has firmly expressed his support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict.

Victory and Background Stubb won against Pekka Haavisto, another experienced politician and ex-Foreign Minister, with a narrow margin of 51.6% to Haavisto's 48.4%. This tight race concluded with Stubb leading by less than 99,000 votes. At 55, Stubb represents the center-right National Coalition and has been a prominent figure in Finnish politics since the early 2000s. After serving as Prime Minister between 2014-2015 and subsequently as Minister of Finance, Stubb took a hiatus from Finnish political life, only to return at the behest of Prime Minister Petteri Orpo in 2023 to run for president.

NATO Membership and Security Stubb has openly discussed Finland's role in NATO, emphasizing the country's membership as a significant asset to the strongest defense alliance globally. He pledges to be a dependable ally to Western partners while positioning himself as a strategic adversary to those challenging Western values from the East.

Election Dynamics This election marks the first presidential race in 12 years without incumbent Sauli Niinisto, who was ineligible for re-election after two terms. Stubb has made clear his stance on Russia, stating that normal relations are untenable as long as the aggression towards Ukraine persists. He humorously remarked on his reluctance to engage with Putin, even if the Russian leader were to call him directly.

Stubb's election signals Finland's continued support for Ukraine and its unwavering commitment to upholding and defending Western values and security alliances.

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