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U S A: Donald Trump wins presidential elections.

FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 26:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.

The surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent advantage, threatened tremors throughout the country and the world, where sceptics had scrutinised with fear as Mr. Trump’s exact proposals to disillusioned voters took hold.

The victory for Mr. Trump, 70, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was a powerful rejection of the establishment forces that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government, and the consensus they had forged on everything from trade to immigration.

everything from trade to immigration.

These results amounted to a rejection, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly exposed. And it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters.

Across the country, many people, universities and even a few high schools organized post-election civil disobedience of a different sort. Some teachers sent notes to students postponing tests and offering support. Student unions offered sessions of meditation, discussions and tea.

thousands of people filled the streets in at least 25 US cities overnight — with protests outside Trump’s properties.

For many Americans across the country, Donald Trump’s victory is an outcome they simply refuse to accept.

“Not my president,” protesters chanted in rallies coast to coast.

While most demonstrators were peaceful, dozens were arrested. At least three officers were wounded. And about 40 fires were set in one California city.

On Thursday afternoon, more than 200 anti-Trump protesters marched from the Union Square area to Washington Square Park in Manhattan.

Some carried signs with messages such as, “White men stop ruining everything.” They chanted, “Trump and Pence make no sense.”

 

Mamadou Dian Donghol Diallo

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