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PNG PM Peter O'Neill congratulates US president elect Donald Trump

Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States last night 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.

New York Times reported live that the surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the country and the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold.

The triumph 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.

The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled. And it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism.

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill , has extended his congratulations to Donald Trump following his success in the vote count yesterday in the United States Presidential Election.

"I send Papua New Guinea’s best wishes following the election of Donald Trump, and congratulate him on his election to become the 45th President of the United States," the Prime Minister said.

"Papua New Guinea looks forward to working with the incoming Administration when it is sworn into office in January 2017.

"It is clear the American people have expressed their confidence in Donald Trump both in the popular vote and through the electoral college vote.

"This has been one of the most controversial Presidential campaigns in the history of the United States and now there is an outcome.

"The result of the election is a decision of the American people and Papua New Guinea will work with the elected Government of the day, as we do in every partner nation.

"Our Embassy in Washington DC will look to engage with the incoming administration at the appropriate time and strengthening relations between our two countries.

"Mr Trump is a successful businessman and now has the opportunity to develop his vision for the United States and its engagement with its international partners."

The Prime Minister also congratulated Hillary Clinton for her hard-fought campaign and thanked her for her relationship with Papua New Guinea and her inspiration to women and girls around the world.

"I send my best regards to Hillary Clinton, who is a long-standing friend of Papua New Guinea, and I congratulate her for a solid election campaign.

"Secretary Clinton has broken through barriers and is an inspiration to women in our country.

"I hope Hillary will maintain contact with Papua New Guinea into the future."
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