Slideshow 10 Elections Wall Street Will Be Watching in 2012

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  • January 30 2012, 8:06pm EST
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10 Elections Wall Street Will Be Watching in 2012

University of Chicago Professor Emeritus Marvin Zonis points out that several nations representing more than half of the world's GDP by purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita could see a change atop their governments this year.

This potentially massive shift in geo-political leadership will almost certainly impact economies, investments and investors around the globe.

Here’s an interactive slide show featuring 10 countries and elections that Wall Street needs to be paying attention to this year:

Source: World Bank/Professor Emeritus Marvin Zonis, University of Chicago

United States<br><br>

President Barack Obama could be facing either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 1


International dollars (in millions): $14,586,736

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China<br><br>

Xi Jinping is expected to take the presidential reins from Hu Jintao.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 2


International dollars (in millions): $10,169,520



India<br><br>

Prathiba Patil is seeking re-election in July.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 4


International dollars (in millions): $4,194,856



Russia<br><br>

Russia has five candidates vying for the top post, including former two-time president, Vladimir Putin.


Other candidates include: Gennady Zyuganov, who led the Communist Party of the Russian Federation; Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; Sergei Mironov, former Putin ally and former speaker of the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s third-richest man.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 6


International dollars (in millions): $2,812,383


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France<br><br>

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a conservative, is facing off against François Hollande, the Socialist Party candidate.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 8


International dollars (in millions): $2,194,118



Mexico<br><br>

Mexico will choose a successor to President Felipe Calderón. From Calderón’s National Action Party, there are three possibilities—Santiago Creel, a senator and former minister of the interior; Josefina Vázquez Mota, a former member of the country’s Chamber of Deputies who is trying to become the nation’s first woman president; and Ernesto Cordero, the country’s former finance minister.


However, the presumed frontrunner is Enrique Peña Nieto, the former governor of the State of Mexico, while the Party of the Democratic Revolution is putting forward Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who previously lost to Calderón in 2006.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 11


International dollars (in millions): $1,644,449



Taiwan (Republic of China)<br><br>

President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected earlier this month, handily beating challenger Tsai Ing-wen.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 19


International dollars (in millions): $810,500


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Venezuela<br><br>

Hugo Chàvez, who has been treated for cancer, is facing re-election in October.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 35


International dollars (in millions): $352,720



Finland<br><br>

In the 2012 Finnish presidential election, Sauli Niinistö of The National Coalition Party and Pekka Haavisto of The Green League advanced to the second round, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 5. Both are considered pro-European Union.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 54


International dollars (in millions): $196,583



Dominican Republic<br><br>

The 2012 presidential race is currently divided between the ruling Dominican Liberation Party candidate, Danilo Medina, and the opposition Dominican Revolutionary candidate, former President Hipolito Mejia.


World GDP (PPP) per capita rank, 2010: 71


International dollars (in millions): $92,818