Alexander Stubb was Sworn in As Finnish New Prime Minister

Helsinki, June 24 (QNA) – Alexander Stubb, a former EU minister who also wants neutral Finland to join NATO, was sworn in as Finnish prime minister on Tuesday .

Stubb , a staunchly pro-European free marketeer, who took over along with his new government at a ceremony held at the presidential palace in Helsinki, voiced hope to kickstart the euro zone country’s sputtering economy before a general election scheduled for April 2015.

The government, which comprises the same five parties as its predecessor, wrapped up formation talks last Thursday and agreed to stimulate the economy with tax cuts and infrastructure investments worth around 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion).

The Finnish parliament Monday elected Alexander Stubb the country’s new prime minister and head of the ruling five-party coalition.

The 46-year-old Premier succeeds Jyrki Katainen, who served as prime minister since 2011 and spent 10 years at the helm of the party before resigning. (QNA)

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