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World leaders have congratulated Donald Trump on his surprise win in the U.S. Presidential election on Tuesday. Other leaders were a little less warm. Mr Trump defeated his rival Hillary Clinton to become the USA's 45th President. He will take office on January 20, 2017. He will then be aged 70 years, 7 months and 6 days. This means he will be the oldest person to become President. In his victory speech, Mr Trump told Americans: "Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. [We will] have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us."



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Russia's president Vladimir Putin was among the first to congratulate Mr Trump. He said: "We are ready to do our part to return Russian-American relations to a stable path of development." China said it looked forward to working, "in a constructive way that avoided conflict and confrontation". Mexican President Pena Nieto said: "Mexico and the United States are friends, partners and allies and we should keep collaborating." France's President Francois Hollande said the result, "opens a period of uncertainty". Germany's Justice Minister tweeted: "The world won't end, but things will get more crazy." Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "Hand in hand with Mr Trump, we will try to work together."

Sources:

  • http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world-leaders-react-trump-victory-apprehension-applause/
  • http://www.france24.com/en/20161109-world-leaders-uneasy-trump-stages-election-upset-usa
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/world-leaders-react-donald-trump-triumph-161109083310076.html

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