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Finland’s President Eyes Easy Re-Election

  • Polls show Niinisto may be re-elected in first round on Sunday
  • President tasked with appointing next governor of central bank
Sauli Niinisto
Sauli NiinistoPhotographer: Roni Rekomaa/Bloomberg

The euro-zone head of state with Vladimir Putin’s ear also enjoys the Russian leader’s kind of ratings. Now, Sauli Niinisto is widely expected to win a second term as Finland’s president without recourse to a runoff -- a first since the post has been settled by popular vote.

The 69-year-old former finance minister goes into Sunday’s election with support at 63 percent, well above the 50-percent threshold needed to avoid a second round.