From Ford Model T cars that ship in just 90 minutes to 60 seconds on burgers, the United States has made a big contribution to making the world a frenetic and impatient place, ready and hungry. immediately satisfied.
So wake up on Wednesday that the US election winner may not be known for hours, days or so – experts have filled the global waves with good bets. most of them – have annoyed a drugged planet by most American exports: speed.
In the absence of an immediate winner between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden, the guessing game tries to figure out which of them will end up in the White House and how, quickly becomes. Global. Government leaders tried to understand the delays, and ordinary citizens swapped views, hopes and fears on feeds and phones.
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said: “I heard that it may be a while before everything is settled. “I don̵7;t know how it could affect us.”
In Paris, a Spanish resident, Javier Saenz, was surprised to wake up with no declared winner.
“I thought it would be clear. And I’ve read various articles, nobody really knows who’s going to win, ”he said. “I was very shocked by that.”
But the lack of results shouldn’t be surprising to experts – and by itself it’s not a sign that anything is wrong.. In a year turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, many states made postal voting easier. That means slowdowns in aggregating results as postal ballot mail usually takes longer to process than mail sent at polling stations.
However, the anxiety of ignorance is mingled with growing fears about how America could heal after a divisive election and the anxiety fueled by unusual victory claims. and soon Trump himself and his threats to bring election to the Supreme Court to stop counting votes.
In particular, from Europe, the call for patience and a full tally of the votes was launched. In Slovenia, the birthplace of first lady Melania Trump, right-wing Prime Minister Janez Jansa declared “pretty clear that the American people voted Donald Trump”, but he was a lonely voice among leaders in outperforming any company. result.
Germany’s deputy prime minister, Olaf Scholz, emphasized a complete tally, saying: “It is important for us that everything counts and we have a clear result in the end.”
Main industry lobbyists in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, warn that business confidence could be compromised by lingering uncertainty. And German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that “the battle over the legitimacy of the outcome – whatever it will be – has now begun.”
“This is a very explosive situation. She said on ZDF TV is a situation where experts say it could lead to a constitutional crisis in America. “It’s something we have to worry about a lot for sure.”
In the financial markets, investors struggle to understand it all, causing some indices to rise and others to decline.
In the absence of an immediate winner, there were a number of people from Russia, Africa and other parts of the world cheering for repeatedly receiving criticism from the United States, with claims that elections and vote counting have exposed the imperfections of American democracy. .
“Africa has learned American democracy, America is now learning African democracy,” Nigerian Sen. Shehu Sani tweeted, reflecting the common views of some people on the continent who have long met. trouble in the US elections and criticism of the US about them.
In Zimbabwe, spokesman for the ruling ZANU-PF party, Patrick Chinamasa, said: “We have nothing to learn about democracy from former slave owners.”
Traditional US allies cling to the belief that no matter Trump or Biden emerges as winners, the longstanding fundamentals that underpin some of the key US relationships will survive uncertainty. and the US electoral process.
Thierry Breton, Commissioner in charge of internal EU markets, said: “Whatever the election results, they will remain our allies for many years and decades.
That idea was echoed by Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, who said at a parliamentary session that “the Japan-US alliance is the foundation of Japanese diplomacy, and on that premise, I will Developing a strong relationship with a new president. “
AP journalists around the world have contributed.