Finland’s first openly gay presidential candidate Pekka Haavisto lost the elections.
Finland elected Sauli Niinistoe as its next president Sunday, with results giving the pro-European conservative a hefty lead over Pekka Haavisto, the nation’s first openly gay presidential candidate.
“It looks like Niinistoe has won,” Haavisto conceded on public television YLE, adding: “More than one million people have supported me and I’m quite satisfied with that.”
Niinistoe was credited with 62.9 per cent of voter sympathies while Haavisto held just 37.1 per cent, with nearly 95 per cent of votes counted, Finland’s justice ministry said.
The numbers were in line with what opinion polls had predicted.
The no-nonsense Niinistoe will succeed popular outgoing President Tarja Halonen who has served the maximum two six-year terms, ending a 30-year spell of Social Democratic presidents in the small Nordic country.
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