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Finland's new president Stubb takes office

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-03-01 23:16

New President of Finland Alexander Stubb speaks during his first press conference at the Presidential Palace during his inauguration ceremonies in Helsinki, Finland on March. [Photo/Agencies]

HELSINKI -- Alexander Stubb took office as the 13th president of Finland on Friday during a session of the Finnish parliament, succeeding Sauli Niinisto.

Stubb, 55, won the presidential election in February. He once served as Finnish prime minister and foreign minister.

In his inaugural address, Stubb called for unity and solidarity among Finns, urging them to cherish the traditions of trust, justice, and communal support that underpin Finnish society, and to embrace change and technological advancements with empathy and adaptability.

Toward the end, he expressed his dedication to promoting an open, safe, and international Finland and ensuring its continued success.

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