From Ford Model T cars that shut down the assembly line in just 90 minutes to 60-second service for the Burgers, the United States has long given a dominant hand to make the world a frenzied and impatient place , Who are primed and hungry for instant gratification.
So on Wednesday the realization of the world that the American election winner might not be known for a long time or for a long time working fast planet was disturbed.
The game of guessing whether – and how – President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden would end up in the White House quickly went global.
Government leaders scramble to digest the delay and common people swapped ideas, hopes and fears over feeds and phones. Some scratched their heads – not for the first time – with the overall vote on the US presidency decided that whoever wins by votes In the Electoral College.
Globing was heard from parts of the world that are at the end of American criticism about their elections and governance. Underlining that the play captured a global audience, television graphics in Japan used fireballs to highlight some of the battlefield results as significant.
The Japanese Finance Minister, Taro Aso, said, “I hear that it may take some time to sort out some things.” “I don’t know how it could affect us.”
The Paris resident woke up without a Spanish declared winner. “I thought something was going to be clear. And I have read different articles, no one knows exactly who is going to win, ”said Javier Saenz. “I’m very surprised by that.”
The lack of an immediate winner, in itself, was not a sign that anything was wrong. In a year overturned by the coronovirus epidemic, many states made it easier to vote by mail. This slowed down the compilation of results.
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was poisoned and killed To challenge the Kremlin and try to make Russia more democratic, even suggesting that this delay is comfortable, is a sign of democracy at work.
“Woke up and went on Twitter to see who won. Still unclear. Now that (what I call) is the election, ”he tweeted.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also described the delayed outcome as a demonstration of democracy.
Morrison told reporters in Sydney, “I have great faith in the democracy of the United States and I have great faith in their institutions and deal with whatever challenges they face about great institutions and democracies.”
But the global restlessness of not knowing anywhere else was intensifying on how America could recover after the divisive campaign. Trump’s claims of his extraordinary and premature victory And his threat to take the election to the Supreme Court also drew comparisons to concern and autocracy.
“It was ‘Trump or we burn the country’,” said Danny Makki, a Syrian analyst, referring to the slogan “Assad, or we burn the country” by supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On the walls in the early days of the country’s civil war to intimidate opponents.
From Europe, in particular, appealed for patience and rigorous counting. In Slovenia, right-wing Prime Minister, Janez Jansa, the birthplace of First Lady Melania Trump, claimed that “it was clear that the American people had elected Donald Trump,” but that she was a lone voice among leaders jumping ahead of any firm Were. result.
German Vice Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, emphasized the whole thing: “It is important for us that everything is counted and in the end our clear results come.”
And the German Defense Minister, Anegret Kramp-Karrnbauer, said that “the fight over the legality of the outcome – whatever it may look like – has now begun.”
“It is a very explosive situation. This is a situation about which experts say it could cause constitutional crisis in America, ”he said on JDF television. “This is something that will definitely concern us a lot.”
In financial markets, investors who were expecting a clear result all struggled to make sense, sending the index up and down.. Industry lobbying groups in Germany and Japan, both US trading partners, warned that continued uncertainty could worsen trade.
Traditional American allies remained associated with the belief that whether Trump or Biden emerged victorious, the core principles that ended some of America’s key relationships would prevail.
EU commissioner Thierry Breton said, “Whatever the results of the election, they will remain our allies for many years and decades, it is certain.”
In the vacuum, Russia, Africa and a few other places were simultaneously scoring, claiming that the electoral process was exposing the flaws of American democracy.
Nigerian Sen. Shehu Sani said, “Africa used to learn American democracy, America is now learning African democracy.”
In Zimbabwe, the spokesman of the ruling ZANU-PF party, Patrick Chinmasa, said: “We have nothing to learn about democracy from former slave owners.”
But others said American voters distinguished themselves by voting in large numbers amid the epidemic.
“It will be a remarkable story for democracy, whatever the outcome,” said Leslie Vinjamuri, an international relations expert at the Chatham House think tank in London. “But if we see in the next few days that an election has been fought, a president has accused of cheating, then people sitting on the ground are fighting on some results, trying to block the counting, then I We seem to be a completely different situation. “
AP journalists around the world contributed.