Finland

Alex Stubb is new National Coalition Party leader


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The ruling National Coalition Party (KOK) has chosen Alexander Stubb to be its new leader. The party currently leads a five party coalition government and early next week the other parties should indicate if they are prepared to remain in the coalition with Stubb as the new Prime Minister.

If all goes according to plan then Alexander Stubb will replace Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen who announced his retirement in April. Stubb won 500 votes against his rival Social Affairs Minister Paula Risikko who took 349 votes in today’s election.

Alexander Stubb has a BA in Political Science from Furman University in South Carolina and a Diploma in French Language and Civilisation from the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1995 he gained an MA in European Affairs from the College of Europe in Belgium and then took a PhD in International Politics at the London School of Economics.

In 2000 Stubb became a Professor at the College of Europe and in 2004 stood for the National Coalition Party in the European Elections. He won and remained an MEP until 2008 when the government announced that he was to become the new Minister for Foreign Affairs. He held this office until 2011 when he was made Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, a position he still holds.

Alexander Stubb (46) is married with two children. He speaks Swedish, Finnish, English, French and German. He enjoys sport and is a regular marathon and triathlon participant.

You can find his personal website here.

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