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    New NATO Member Finland Elects a President Set to Keep Up Hard Line on Neighboring Russia

    HELSINKI — Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has narrowly won a runoff vote to become 's next president, who will steer security policy that includes integrating the member into the alliance at a time of concern over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    The final tally from Sunday's runoff shows Stubb, of the center-right National Coalition Party, had 51.6% of the votes, while independent candidate and former Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto from the green left got 48.4% of the votes. The two were the top vote-getters in the second round of the election. Haavisto had served as Finland's top diplomat in 2019-2023.

    Stubb is taking over from the hugely popular President Sauli Niinistö, whose second six-year term expires next month and who wasn't eligible for reelection.

    A runoff was required after none of the original nine candidates got a majority of the votes in the first round on Jan. 28. In tradition with consensus-driven Finnish politics and no below-the-belt attacks during the campaign, Stubb visited Haavisto's election party event late Sunday after the result was clear.

    “You're one of the nicest people I have ever met,” Stubb told his opponent Haavisto at the party event, according to Finnish broadcaster YLE.

    The presidency is a key political post in this northern European country of 5.6 million people. Unlike in most European countries, the president of Finland holds executive in formulating foreign…

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