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Ex-Finnish Prime Minister Stubb Pulls Ahead in Presidential Runoff

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Finnish Flag - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.02.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Finland's center-right former prime minister, Alexander Stubb, pulled ahead in the presidential runoff on Sunday, polling at 51.9% after 90% of the ballots were counted.
Former Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, of the center-left Green League, was lagging behind at 48.1% of the vote, official data published by the Justice Ministry showed.
Back in the first round on January 28, Stubb received 27.2% of votes and Haavisto - 25.8% of votes.
While advocating for different domestic policies, both candidates support sealing the border with Russia, ramping up sanctions against Moscow and assisting Kiev militarily - despite the fact that the nation's economy has suffered significantly from a major downturn in trade with its eastern neighbor over the past two years.
Russian-Finnish border at the Nuijamaa crossing - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.02.2024
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