Finland's president poised for new six-year term after crushing poll victory

Posters for candidates in the Finnish presidential election

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has been re-elected in a landslide victory that saw him receiving 62.7 percent of the vote.

None of the other six candidates had received more than 7%.

Niinisto, 69, a former finance minister and parliament speaker, has been a highly popular president since he took office in 2012.

"I am surprised and touched by this big support", Niinisto told reporters in Helsinki, who secured over 62 per cent of the vote with almost all the ballots counted.

Finnish voters opted for reliability and stability by overwhelmingly handing a second term to President Niinisto.

"I am very surprised at this kind of support".




"I have no intention of making changes just for the sake of making changes", the 69-year-old told reporters after the result. "Surely we will follow very closely what is happening outside of Finland, globally, and if needed, then we will surely react", he said.

"President Niinisto will continue with his moderate and diplomatic but NATO-friendly foreign policy, indirectly reinforcing the hegemony of the National Coalition Party", predicted Heikki Patomaki, a political scientist at the University of Helsinki. The post has a six-year term.

Eurosceptic politicians, Laura Huhtasaari from the nationalist Finns Party and independent Paavo Vayrynen, won 6.9 percent and 6.2 percent of votes, respectively.

"For many years now Finland has been a key partner of Lithuania at both the bilateral level, in the Baltic Sea region and within the European Union", the president wrote in her message of congratulations.

The incumbent garnered 63.8 percent of votes cast Sunday, the AP reported.

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