The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.
The independent presidential candidate Sauli Niinisto attends his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, January 28, 2018. LEHTIKUVA/Jussi Nukari via REUTERS(reuters_tickers)
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's moderate President Sauli Niinisto declared his re-election for a new six-year term after securing a comfortable lead in the early results from Sunday's election.
"I am very surprised at this kind of support. I must think hard how to be worthy of it," 69-year-old Niinisto, who is known for cultivating good relations with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, told reporters.
With about 86 percent of votes counted, centre-right Niinisto had won 62.1 percent, compared with 13.1 percent for closest rival Pekka Haavisto.
(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by David Goodman)