Finnish President Sauli Niinisto crushed his competitors with a landslide election victory Sunday that noticed him receiving greater than 5 occasions as a lot voter help than his closest challenger.
With all ballots counted, Niinisto had sixty two.7 % of the vote, whereas his main rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.four %.
Haavisto, the runner-up within the 2012 election, conceded the race lengthy earlier than the vote-rely was accomplished, telling Finnish nationwide broadcaster Niinisto “is the republic’s new president with this end result.”
Not one of the different six candidates acquired greater than 7 % of the vote.
Niinisto, sixty nine, a former finance minister and parliament speaker, has been a extremely well-liked president since he took workplace in 2012. He wanted a majority to stop a runoff and to win re-election outright.
He ran as an unbiased with no affiliation to the conservative Nationwide Coalition Celebration that he earlier chaired.
Finland’s president designs the blueprint for the nation’s overseas and safety coverage along with the federal government. As head of state, the president is the important thing overseas coverage participant, notably on points outdoors the European Union.
The president additionally acts because the supreme commander of army forces and may veto laws.
To most Finns, the president’s key activity is to guarantee pleasant ties with each neighboring Russia, which shares a 1,340 kilometer (833-mile) border with Finland, and the West, notably america.
Judged by his huge reputation, Niinisto seemingly dealt with the balancing act nicely. Finland joined the EU in 1995, however does not belong to NATO.
Current polls predicted Niinisto would get between fifty eight and sixty three % of the vote and Haavisto of the Greens would garner some 14 %.
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