Clear victory for Sauli Niinistö in Finland’s presidential election

National Coalition Party candidate Sauli Niinistö will become Finland’s 12th president after winning 62.6% of the vote in the second round of the country’s presidential election.

Niinistö will take up his post on 1 March,  replacing encumbent Tarja Halonen. It is the first time in 30 years that a Social Democrat candidate is not elected president.

Runner up Pekka Haavisto gained 37.4% of the vote. He was the Green League candidate.

The election was also noted for its record low turnout of 68.9%, the lowest since 1950.

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