Conservative Candidate Sauli Niinisto wins Finland’s Presidential Election

by Colonel on February 5, 2012


“Conservative former Finance Minister Sauli Niinisto has won presidential elections in Finland.

Mr Niinisto secured 63% of the vote in Sunday’s run-off poll, easily beating his Green rival Pekka Haavisto (37%), according to official results.

“This has been a very good… campaign. I’m happy about it,” Mr Niinisto said.

The 63-year-old pro-European politician will take over from President Tarja Halonen in March, becoming the nation’s first conservative head since 1956.

In his victory speech, he pledged to be “the president of the whole nation”.

Finland’s president has a largely ceremonial role, and is not directly involved in daily politics.

Mr Niinisto won the first round of the election last month, but failed to secure the majority required to avoid the run-off.

He served as the Nordic nation’s finance minister from 1996 to 2003, overseeing the country’s adoption of the euro in 2002.” — Copyright 2012 BBC

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