London/Lagos/SARAJEVO: The day after the Americans voted in a fiercely competitive election, Wednesday was not a wise choice for the rest of the world. Millions of votes have yet to be counted, and the game is too close to the call. The risk of days or days is getting bigger and even weeks of legal uncertainty.
Some political commentators and civil rights organizations in the United States condemned Donald Trump’s preemptive victory declaration at the White House. They warned of trampling on long-standing democratic norms.
Most world leaders and foreign ministers are sitting in their hands, trying not to increase the electoral fire.
“Let s wait and see what the outcome is,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “There s obviously a significant amount of uncertainty. It s much closer than I think many had expected.”
But while Raab and others urged caution, the Slovenian prime minister broke ranks, congratulating Trump and the Republican party via Twitter.
“It s pretty clear that American people have elected @realDonaldTrump and @Mike_Pence for #4moreyears,” wrote Janez Jansa, one of several east European leaders, including Hungary s Viktor Orban, who are fervent Trump allies. “Congratulations @GOP for strong results across the #US.”
The latest ballot statistics show that Democratic challenger Joe Biden is among the best in the electoral college-224 votes to 213 votes, and victory requires 270 votes-but it is still counted in at least five major battlefield states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Georgia.
In 2000, the election between George W. Bush and Al Gore was determined by Florida. Five weeks after the vote, this ruling was finally awarded by Bush of the US Supreme Court.
Trump suggested in his comments that the Supreme Court (he has nominated three of the nine justices) will have to decide the winner again.
On Twitter, the hashtags #Trump, #Biden, and #USElections2020 are popular from Russia to Pakistan, Malaysia to Kenya and throughout Europe and Latin America, highlighting how many people in every region of the world consider this result to be critical .
In Russia, where US intelligence agencies accused it of trying to interfere in the election, there was no official response.
However, Vyacheslav Nikonov, grandson of the pro-Kremlin member of the Foreign Minister Stalin, advised Russians to buy popcorn to watch the show he predicted to be broadcast, saying that American society is in a state of fatal division.
“The result of the election is the worst result for the United States,” Nikonov, who welcomed Trump’s victory in 2016, wrote on Facebook. “Whoever wins the legal battle, half of the Americans will not think they are legitimate presidents. Let us stock up a lot of popcorn.
It affects all of us
In Australia, people saw the results keep popping up while drinking beer at an American bar in Sydney.
Glen Roberts, wearing a red “Being Great Europe Again” baseball cap, said: “When Trump comes in, the news is much better. “You never know what he said, it’s great. I think if Trump loses, it won’t be so interesting. “
Others quickly emphasized the results of the US vote on a global scale. Sydney resident Luke Heinrich said: “I think this will affect all of us, and what happens here in the next four years is really important.”
The Human Rights Watch in New York is one of the world’s leading civil rights organizations. The organization warns that before counting every vote, it must be judged on the results. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of mailed votes this year is high, so it is expected to take several days in some states.
Executive director Kenneth Roth said it was dangerous to declare victory too early.
He said: “The dictator may be happy to undermine American democracy by declaring victory too soon.”
Under Trump’s leadership, relations with the United States have fallen into the worst China in decades. China stated that this election is a major domestic matter and that it “has no position on this.”
However, Chinese social media users quickly laughed at the failure of the American electoral system and failed to arrive at a quick and clear result.
“Whether he wins or loses, his final mission is to destroy the appearance of American democracy,” one user on China s Twitter-like Weibo platform wrote on Wednesday.
“Let Trump be re-elected and take the U.S. downhill,” another wrote.
In Nigeria, one leading politician, Senator Shehu Sani, said the uncertainty in the United States was reminiscent of Africa.
“Africa used to learn American democracy, America is now learning African democracy,” he tweeted to his 1.6 million followers.