Alexander Stubb is set to become Finland’s new Prime Minister after winning a vote to head the ruling conservative party on Saturday.
Mr. Stubb (46), currently European and trade minister in Finland, will replace Jyrki Katainen, who said in April he would step down to seek a job within the European institutions.
He defeated Social Affairs Minister Paula Risikko by 500 votes to 349 in the second round of polling by members of Finland’s national coalition. A former Foreign Minister known for his liberal economic stance, Mr. Stubb is staunchly pro-EU and an advocate of Finland’s accession to NATO.
Mr. Stubb’s relaxed style has proved especially popular with young Finnish urbanites and he is a keen amateur triathlete and marathon runner.
A thoroughly modern politician, he has the highest online profile of any Finnish lawmaker, especially on Twitter where he has more than 113,000 followers. — AFP