Here are two key elections to keep an eye on in 2021

FEW elections match the scale of fanfare received when Americans head to the polls to choose their next president.

This year was no exception, as the world watched carefully during those agonising few days after November 3 until Joe Biden was declared the winner.

While four years remain until the next US presidential election, here are a some key votes to keep election junkies occupied in the coming year.

Dutch General Election

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte or the centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) has now been in power for more than 10 years.

At the previous election in 2017, a multi-party coalition was formed after numerous parties refused to work with the second placed far-right Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders.

The VVD has seen a spike in its poll numbers since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Netherlands, while Wilders’ party holds second place in several recent polls.

The election is due to be held in March.

German Federal Election

Angela Merkel has held the German chancellorship since 2005. Assuming she remains in office until the election, she will have had the job for just under 16 years.

However, Merkel is not seeking another term, meaning this election will see a fresh chancellor for the first time in more than a decade.

Merkel’s latest replacement as leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union is up in the air after her previous successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her intention to leave the post earlier this year. Due to the pandemic, the election for the next CDU leader has been postponed until the new year.

In the previous election, the far-right AfD party surged to take third place in the Bundestag, and eyes will be on them again to see if they hold this position.

Meanwhile, the German Greens have consistently polled in second place as of late, leaving the once might Social Democratic Party in a historically weak position.


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