Obama wins US Election

Obama wins US Election

The US has woken up to the same President overnight, as Barack Obama has been re-elected for a second term.

President Obama will head back to Washington today, to address the approaching fiscal cliff, which could see simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts introduced at the end of the year, if no action is taken.

The task is expected to be tough for the president, as he faces political gridlock, due to the make up of Congress remaining relatively unchanged, with the Republicans holding the balance of power.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney conceded defeat in a personal phone call to Obama yesterday, as the Republicans will now regroup to determine why Romney lost so many electoral college votes to the President.

Obama won 303 college votes to Romney’s 206.

Meanwhile congratulations poured in from across the world, including fellow UN Security Council members Britain, China, France and Russia as well as its Middle East ally Israel and Obama’s ancestral home in Kenya.

The Taliban, however, seized on Obama’s win to lash out against US military policy in Afghanistan, and Iran’s reaction was tepid.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose relations with Washington have often been frosty, congratulated Obama on his victory over Romney.

‘We hope that the positive beginnings that have taken hold in Russian-US relations on the world arena will grow in the interests of international security and stability,’ Russian news agencies quoted Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Moscow was ready to ‘go as far as the US administration is willing to go,’ Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who himself is handing over power at a Communist Party congress starting this week, noted ‘positive progress’ in Sino-US relations over the past four years despite tensions over issues such as trade and territorial disputes involving US allies.

China will ‘look to the future and make continuous efforts for fresh and greater progress in the building of the China-US cooperative partnership,’ a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai congratulated Obama and said he hoped his win would lead to ‘further-expanded’ relations, though reaction on the streets of the war-torn nation was muted and Taliban insurgents told Obama he should withdraw forces immediately, ahead of schedule.

‘Obama must by now know that they have lost the war in Afghanistan,’ a Taliban spokesman said. ‘They should leave our sacred land and focus on their own country instead.’

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said he was confident relations with the United States would ‘continue to prosper’.

Pakistan is a key ally in the US ‘war on terror’ but relations over the past two years have grown fraught, especially after last Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has at times appeared tense, also joined the well wishers.

– NRN/Reuters

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