Okello Felix. The Voters in the US have elected Donald Trump to become the next US President to succeed President Barack Obama who ruled America for two terms.
Obama bowed out after running for two terms as enshrined the constitution. Donald Trump (Republican) got 244 votes while Hillary Clinton (Democrat) got 209 votes. Trump becomes the 45th President for America. For one to win he/she is to get 270 total votes and Trump nearly made it.
L-R Newly elected President Donald Trump and outgoing President Barack Obama.
Speaking shortly after being declared winner of the November 8 polls, the newly elected President Trump, accompanied by his family members at New York hotel ballroom, said: “I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
Trump said there was need to work together as a united people for the development of the country. Trump will take over from Obama in January 2017.
Presidents take on Trump’s victory
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The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, said: “I congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the 45th President of the United States of America. President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.
The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny. “I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights,” he said.
How American Presidents get elected
The Electoral College chooses the President by voting based upon the results of their state’s presidential polls. Each state is allocated a number of representatives in the College, equal to the number of Congress people the state possesses.
Voters cast their ballots during the US presidential election at Public School P.S. 56 in the Manhattan borough of New York. Reuters: Darren Ornitz
Most states have a winner-takes-all system, where the candidate that wins the popular vote in the state is the only candidate its Electoral College representatives are allowed to vote for. As of 2015, Nebraska and Maine are the sole exceptions.
They have a proportional representation system. In these states, votes from the Electoral College representatives may be divided between candidates, rather than a single candidate getting all of the votes.
Fr Alexander Inke who hails from Zeu Parish is now a citizen of the US and voted.
The United States was officially founded on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was approved by 12 of the original colonies. Some famous presidents of the United States include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each president served multiple terms and oversaw the country during times of crisis and great change.
While in Ethiopian Capital City attending the Extra-ordinary summit of the African capacity for immediate response to crises volunteer nations by African Union, President Museveni said: “I congratulate upon his election as USA president. I look forward to working with him like I’ve done with his predecessors.”
Trump in Brief
According to information from Wikipedia, Donald John Trump was born June 14, 1946).
He is an American businessman. Trump is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests–a position he has said he will vacate prior to his assumption of the presidency. During his career, Trump has built office towers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, and other branded facilities worldwide.
Trump was born and raised in New York City and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.
In June 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for president as a Republican and quickly emerged as the front-runner for his party’s nomination. In May 2016, his remaining Republican rivals suspended their campaigns, and in July he was formally nominated for president at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Trump’s campaign has received unprecedented media coverage and international attention. Many of his statements in interviews, on Twitter, and at campaign rallies have been controversial or false.
Hillary Clinton in Brief
Hillary Clinton is a public official who has served as a U.S. senator and as the U.S. secretary of state. She also served as first lady from 1993 to 2001 while her husband, Bill Clinton, was president of the United States. In 2016 Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
Born in Chicago and raised in the suburban town of Park Ridge, Illinois, Clinton attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1969, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973. After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas and married Bill Clinton in 1975. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and became the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm the following year.
Most African governments rely on donations from the US government and this has helped to improve on the economy and military might of the countries especially Uganda. But the American relationship with the Arab world has been sour where the US has been held responsible for toppling former Presidents of Saudi Arabia, Saddam Hussein and Libyan President, Muhammar Gadafi.
The countries especially African leaders would be waiting for how influential Donald Trump’s foreign policies would work in their favour.