The global general election of 2010 was held between August 1st and September 1st in 50 countries, in 2010, more than ten years after the previous election in August 2000, to elect 659 members to the Global Parliament. Under the leadership of Lula de Silva the International Socialist Movement ended its 24 years in opposition, and won the general election with a landslide victory, winning 418 seats, the most seats the party has ever held. Silva subsequently became the Prime Minister.
Under the leadership of Silva, the Socialists had adopted a more centrist policy platform under the name the Conscisence of the World. This was seen as moving away from the traditionally more left-wing stance of the ISM. The Socialists made several campaign pledges such as the creation of an international minimum wage, independence referenda for Sudan, Western Sahara, and Crimea, and promised greater economic competence than the IDC, who were unpopular following the global economic crisis that began in 2007-2008. The ISM campaign was ultimately a success and the party returned an unprecedented 418 representatives. A record number of women were elected to parliament.
The IDC was led by German chancellor Angela Merkel and ran their campaign emphasising falling unemployment and a strong economic recovery, using pragmatic, even technocratic, diplomatic and economic tools to ensure global stability. However, a series of scandals, party disunity over continued globalization, the reccession, and a desire of the electorate for change after 24 years of conservative rule all contributed to the IDC's worst defeat since 1964, with only 165 representatives elected to the new government in Brazil. The party was left with no seats whatsoever in Latin America and East Asia, and many key IDC politicians all lost their seats.
Minor parties enjoyed success during the election, for instance the International Conservative Alliance (ICA) returned 46 MPs to parliament, the most for any third party since 1970. The election night was the most covered global media event since 9/11.
|Candidate||Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva||Angela Merkel|
ISM - Workers Party
IDC - Christian Democratic Union
|Birthplace||Caetes, Brazil||Hamburg, Germany|
|Position||President of Brazil||Chancellor of Germnay|
January 1st, 2003 -
January 1st, 2011
November 22nd, 2005 -
|Position in Global Parliament||Prime Minister||Opposition Leader|