Shington, November 4
Amid reports that the winner of the US elections may not be known for days, the country has had a major hand in making the world a frenetic and impatient place, primed and hungry for instant gratification. Bettors across the world are backing Joe Biden.
“We have to have a little patience, almost certainly a lot of patience,” said the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, as the nail-biting contest for the White House increasingly focused on three states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“The battle over the legitimacy of the result — whatever it will look like — has now begun,” said German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “It is a situation of which experts rightly say it could lead to a constitutional crisis in the US,” she said.
In the vacuum of no immediate winner, there was some gloating from Russia, Africa and other parts of the world that have repeatedly been on the receiving end of US criticism.
“Africa used to learn American democracy, America is now learning African democracy,” tweeted Nigerian Senator Shehu Sani, reflecting a common view from some on a continent long used to troubled elections and US criticism of them. Traditional US allies clung to the belief that regardless of results, the fundamentals that have long underpinned some of America’s key relationships would survive the uncertainty and the US electoral process. “Whatever the result of the election, they will remain our allies for many years and decades, that is certain,” said Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for the internal market. That idea was echoed by Japan PM Yoshihide Suga who said “I will develop a solid relationship with a new president.” — Agencies
Bettors stampede back in Biden’s favour
- Joe Biden is back as favourite in online betting market.
- The shift came after Biden went ahead in Wisconsin.
- UK-based Smarkets exchange gave Biden a 78% chance, while New Zealand’s PredictIt 80%. Reuters
‘69% Muslims vote against President Trump’
New York: Nearly 69% Muslim voters cast their ballot for Biden while 17% supported Trump, according to a survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. PTI
Twitter hides Trump’s tweet
Washington: Twitter placed a “disputed” label on a tweet of Trump in which he accused the rival Democrats of trying to “steal” the tightly-contested elections. PTI