Worldwide reaction to Obama victory

"Warm congratulations to my friend (at)BarackObama. Look forward to continuing to work together," Tweeted David Cameron, the Tory prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The official news service of the Islamic Republic of Iran provided a vivid headline, "Republican's elephant crushed by Democrat's donkey."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had a notably strained relationship with President Obama and is a personal friend of defeated GOP candidate Mitt Romney, said of the Democrat's victory in a text message to the media, "I will continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel's citizens."

A senior official of the Palestinian Authority, Saeb Erekat urged Obama to support Palestinian efforts to seek U.N. General Assembly recognition of an independent state of Palestine. "We have decided to take our cause to the United Nations this month, and we hope that Obama will stand by us," Erekat told Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.

The Syrian National Council, expressed hope that the election victory would free Obama to do more to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. "We hope this victory for President Obama will make him free more to make the right decision to help freedom and dignity in Syria and all over the world," SNC spokesman George Sabra said.

Ramón Pérez-Maura, a columnist for ABC - a leading newspaper in Spain - wrote of President Obama:  "He didn’t lose...'The best is yet to come, he said in his victory speech. He had reasons for this. As compared to the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered at a park in Chicago on the night of his victory in 2008, yesterday he celebrated the victory in a hall that holds just a little more than 10,000 – and over there nobody the laws the limit crowd capacity. The remaining illusion was enough to get him over the hump. Now Obama will have to face the challenges that were left on the table during this campaign."

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.


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