While the “most influential” elections may vary in significance depending on one’s perspective, here are ten key elections scheduled for 2021:
1. Germany: Federal Election (September 26) – Chancellor Angela Merkel will not run for re-election, marking a significant shift.
2. Iran: Presidential Election (June) – Influences regional dynamics, particularly regarding Iran’s nuclear deal.
3. Peru: Presidential Election (June 6) – Highly anticipated due to political instability and economic challenges in the country.
4. Israel: Parliamentary Election (March 23) – Could impact Israel’s political landscape amid ongoing regional tensions.
5. Hong Kong: Legislative Council Election (September) – Seen as a gauge for Beijing’s handling of the autonomy promised to Hong Kong.
6. Ecuador: Presidential Election (February 7) – Will determine the direction of the country after recent political turmoil.
7. Armenia: Parliamentary Election (June) – After the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, this election will shape Armenia’s policy and relationship with neighboring countries.
8. Chile: Constitutional Convention Election (April 11) – Will establish a new constitution, addressing deep-rooted societal issues.
9. South Korea: Presidential Election (March) – Could shape the country’s approach towards North Korea and domestic policies.
10. Zambia: General Election (August) – Concerns over democratic backsliding and governance make this election significant.
Please note that this list is subjective and influenced by current events, and other elections could also hold significant influence.