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Alexander Stubb wins ruling party vote to become Finland's PM

Published on Jun 14, 2014 6:53 PM
 
EU commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht (left) and Finnish Minister for EU Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb talk prior to a Foreign Affairs Council trade meeting on May 8, 2014 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. Alexander Stubb is set to become Finland's new prime minister after he won a vote to head the ruling conservative party on Saturday, June 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

HELSINKI (AFP) - Alexander Stubb is set to become Finland's new prime minister after winning a vote to head the ruling conservative party on Saturday.

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.

"I will now phone the heads of the other parties and ask them to set a timetable for forming the next government," Stubb said at a press conference following his election.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt took to Twitter to offer his "warmest congratulations" to Stubb, hailing him as a "modern leader for a modern country".

 
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