Finland elects first conservative president in 50 years

Feb. 5, 2012, midnight

Former Finnish Finance Minister Sauli NIINISTO won Finland’s presidential election on Sunday with 63 percent of the vote. NIINISTO, who will become Finland’s first conservative president in five decades, defeated Greens candidate Pekka HAAVISTO, who captured 37 percent of the vote. HAAVISTO was the first openly gay presidential candidate in Finland’s history. NIINISTO will be the first president in 30 years from a party other than the Social Democrats.

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