Local elections

    • Opposition in Finland wins local elections, seen as test for PM’s party

      Opposition in Finland wins local elections, seen as test for PM’s party

      An opposition center-right party came top in Sunday’s local election in Finland, surpassing the PM Sanna Marin’s ruling Social Democratic Party, news wires reported.  With all votes counted in the Nordic nation’s municipal election, initial results showed on Monday that the conservative National Coalition Party had taken 21.4% of votes nationwide, while the Social Democrats took 17.7% and centrist government member Center Party 14.9% respectively.

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    • Finland’s local elections represent a test for nation’s young leader

      Finland’s local elections represent a test for nation’s young leader

      Finland’s local elections Sunday are seen as the first test for its popular young Social Democratic Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who took office 18 months ago shortly before the pandemic and whose party is behind in the polls. The vote to renew local councils in Finland’s more than 300 municipalities, from the northern Lapland region to the autonomous territory of Aland Islands in the south, is viewed as a key indicator of parties’ popularity ahead of the country’s 2023 parliamentary election.

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    • Finland to hold local elections seen as test for young PM Marin

      Finland to hold local elections seen as test for young PM Marin

      Finland will hold local elections on Sunday in a first litmus test for the popular young Social Democratic PM Sanna Marin, who took office a mere 18 months ago and whose party is behind in polls across the Nordic country, AP reported. The 35-year-old Marin, who became Europe’s youngest government leader in December 2019, enjoys high personal popularity and has won international praise for her handling of the coronavirus crisis in the nation of 5.5 million.

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    • Germany eyes key Saxony-Anhalt vote

      Germany eyes key Saxony-Anhalt vote

      Germany expects the outcome of regional elections in the Eastern province Saxony-Anhalt held on Sunday. The results will have great influence of the expected national elections in September, Reuters reported. Depending on the outcome, the vote may pave a victorious way for Armin Laschet in his bid to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of the ruling German right wing Christian Democrats (CDU).

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    • 3.660m Croatians go to the polls in local elections

      3.660m Croatians go to the polls in local elections

      A total of 15.47% of Croatians went to the polls in Sunday's local elections by noon, which is almost the same turnout as in the 2017 local election, when 15.98% of voters had voted by noon, the State Election Commission said, cited by Croatian news agency HINA. Some 3.660 million eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots for local government bodies, mayors, and county heads.

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    • England, Wales vote on local elections

      England, Wales vote on local elections

      England and Wales are due to vote on local elections on Thursday, DPA reported. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and recent scandals may be key factors that may be game changers on the election day where votes will be cast for 143 local councils, 39 police and crime commissioners, and 15 mayoral races. A British parliamentary by-election is also being held in the constituency of Hartlepool. Separately, elections for the devolved parliaments in Scotland and Wales are also taking place.

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