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US election results: Joe Biden to be next president

Biden clinched 273 electoral college votes as against Donald Trump’s 213

Eastern Times , International Desk : Joe Biden is all set to enter the White House as the 46th president of the United States. Biden clinched 273 electoral college votes as against Donald Trump’s 213. Biden also received a higher share of the popular vote – 51% to Trump’s 48%.

More importantly Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris becomes the first woman, Black and South Asian vice-president elect.

In a statement Joe Biden said: “It’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”

Donald Trump, who has been golfing at his Virginia resort, in a written statement said: “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed…The simple fact is this election is far from over…”

This was one of the more fractious elections the US has ever witnessed, coming in the backdrop of a country riven by racial conflicts, a raging Covid-19 pandemic and an economy that is sputtering.

Biden has his job cut out – check the spread of the virus, kickstart the economy, reconnect with European Union allies and reestablish US as the numero uno in the global pecking order.

Will things change for India? Not really. Strategic and security ties will remain intact and a change in H1B visas is unlikely. What could be a problem in Indo-US ties is Kashmir.

But these are early days.

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