2021 will be key election year around the world

Why Germany, Japan, Israel and Iran bear watching

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking to hang on to power in the nation’s fourth ballot in two years. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Much of the world's attention has been fixed on the aftermath of last month's US presidential and congressional elections. But a wide range of other eye-catching ballots in the next 12 months around the world will shape not just domestic politics and economics, but also international relations, well into the 2020s.

The outcomes of these elections, including in Iran, Israel, Germany and Japan, are uncertain. Yet what is certain is that there will be a change of leadership in several of these "middle power" states, with several longstanding politicians stepping down, or potentially being voted out.

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