After 596 days of campaign and 20 candidates, the people of the United States have chosen their next president: the 45th president of the US, for the next four years, will be the Republican candidate Donald J. Trump.

On November 8, after a very combative and acidic general election campaign, Americans had to choose between the Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and the independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin (former CIA operations officer).

US Elections 2016 Results
US Elections 2016 Results

Just one week before the US Presidential election took place, while Hillary Clinton was still riding high in the polls, the FBI has acquired a warrant to investigate emails found on a laptop used by an aide to Hillary Clinton as part of its investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server.

With only two days left until Election Day, the FBI Director James Comey said that it would stand by its decision to not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton. Although Hillary Clinton has been odds-on favourite since the end of February, Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating his opponent from the Democratic Party.

Donald Trump’s presidential victory set off protests across United States. 500 people took to the streets around UCLA, while protests also took place in Oakland, Seattle, Oregon or Pennsylvania.

In contradiction with the global trend, the Russian financial markets grew Wednesday after the announcement on winning the US presidential election of Donald Trump, a supporter of improving relations with Russia.

Leaders and officials across the world reacted with shock, hope and congratulations to Donald Trump’s election victory.

Vladimir Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on his victory. “(Donald Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia. We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia. As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state,” Putin told Russian state television.

After his party’s electoral defeat, President Barack Obama called Donald Trump and congratulated him for his victory. Obama also invited Trump at the White House to talk about the transition between their presidencies. Donald Trump will take the oath on January 20, 2017, on the afternoon, which will also mark Obama’s last day in office as president.

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