January 28, 2018 / 6:29 PM / 4 months ago

Finland's president Niinisto poised for easy re-election win

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finish President Sauli Niinisto appeared set for a comfortable re-election victory on Sunday after securing 64.4 percent of the vote in the first round, according to early returns.

The independent presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto attends his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, January 28, 2018. LEHTIKUVA/Jussi Nukari via REUTERS

Niinisto’s closest rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens of Finland, won 11.2 percent of the vote in the election, which ended on Sunday, and conceeded Niinisto had won.

Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell; Editing by Jon Boyle

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