Dubai: Joe Biden is set to become the 46th president of the United States after a nail-biting wait for the US election results. Reacting to the outcome of the US election results, ═■┐═Ášż║ expats welcomed Biden and the new ═■┐═Ášż║istration set to govern the worldÔÇÖs oldest democracy. Here is what they have to say.
Irish expat Gareth Bacon, 35, general manager for a ═■┐═Ášż║-based company said he was happy to welcome a US President with Irish roots and that it is a great outcome for Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. ÔÇťBiden has been a strong supporter of peace and progress in our countries and in particular the Good Friday agreement, which has brought about so much change across the island. Trade relations with Biden governing should also bring a lot of change for the Irish economy after a very bleak summer period, which saw tourism in the country drastically reduced, which was a main source of income for so many.ÔÇŁ
Bacon said as an expat living in the ═■┐═Ášż║, President TrumpÔÇÖs agreement of normalising the relationships with Israel was great as it opened new trade and business opportunities and I sincerely hope Biden continues to bring stability and growth to the region. Besides, he also felt that as part of an Northern Irish family living in the ═■┐═Ášż║, the result will bring about more stability in the region and the GCC. ÔÇťWe are likely to see BidenÔÇÖs ═■┐═Ášż║istration support the move away from oil and gas more towards green energy, if his campaigning is anything to go by.ÔÇŁ
He added: ÔÇťAs a father of two young girls I need to mention Kamala Harris who is a big force in the Presidency. Having already smashed down a number of class ceilings, she now sits a door away from a very powerful office.ÔÇŁ
Mohammed Shabbir Khan, 60, a Pakistani-American businessman who has met Biden in person in Iraq, said the US President-elect was a ÔÇśthorough gentlemanÔÇÖ. ÔÇťI had the opportunity to serve the US army in Baghdad. I was commissioned there as a food service contractor and had the chance to meet Biden. He is a fine gentleman and hope he will do well for the economy.ÔÇŁ
He said the US has been more divided than ever before. ÔÇťI hope Biden fixes this. Little focus was given on the health impact of COVID-19 during TrumpÔÇÖs ═■┐═Ášż║istration. I hope that is shifted. Biden must enforce strict social distancing protocols to reduce the impact of the pandemic. As expats living in the ═■┐═Ášż║ we donÔÇÖt demand anything extra. We want peace and stability. No racism and violence please.ÔÇŁ
Indian entrepreneur in Dubai, Anoop Bhargava said: ÔÇťThis is clearly a victory for democracy and for the American people. President-elect Joe Biden is an experienced statesman and ═■┐═Ášż║istrator who will definitely address the current domestic challenges and international issues effectively. More importantly, the election of Kamala Harris is reflective of the equal opportunities offered to diverse groups in the US. I firmly believe that the new ═■┐═Ášż║istration will assume a mature leadership role globally and enhance and consolidate cooperation and collaboration with countries across the world. ═■┐═Ášż║ is a key partner and a modern vibrant economy which will clearly benefit from the new ═■┐═Ášż║istration. In addition, as an expat I believe that the US will continue to grow and promote educational opportunities for students from the region and India.ÔÇŁ
Briton Anthony Martland, 32, marketing director a ═■┐═Ášż║-based fitness centre, said the appointment of Biden to Oval Office will have a positive impact on global economies. The USA and ═■┐═Ášż║ have enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship and we hope this will continue further. ÔÇťBiden seems to have a fairly predictable nature and his actions surrounding global issues will hopefully help stabilise economies further in what is a tough period for everyone.ÔÇŁ
Finnish expat, Tomi Saikkonen-Williams, 39, vice president for a Dubai company said the immediate change will be with respect to the tone across media. ÔÇťBiden is long-term career politician and we will see less controversies in the media. With regards to US policies, I believe the strict line with China and Russia will stay. And of course Biden has said heÔÇÖll rejoin US to the Paris climate change agreement and World Health Organisation (WHO). So that is something to look forward to as well.ÔÇŁ
American expats react
An American expat living in ═■┐═Ášż║, Akousa Fox, an educator and artist, said she has been glued to her television the past days eagerly waiting for the results to come through. ÔÇťNo one can deny that the atmosphere of confusion, hostility, anger, deceit, demonising anger and contempt for our fellow human being has faded away with a new day of faith, hope and inspiration. Not only in the USA but all over the world I have never seen so much celebration after an election. I stood by proudly and watched a woman of colour, Kamala Harris, through hard work education, discipline and commitment find herself in one of the most influential positions of the world. This reminds me to keep encouraging my children and students to do their best. ItÔÇÖs especially gratifying for me, because we have similar immigrant stories of Jamaican parentage and USA upbringing. Hopefully, young ladies here will also remember women in the ═■┐═Ášż║ in their own right have faced outstanding success.ÔÇŁ
Fox said the representation in the USA for last four years was a dismal example of someone you do not want on world stage. ÔÇťBeing a ÔÇťbully does not make you a good person. We tell our children and students that every day, we tell them not to lie, cheat, swear and we remind them to be respectful. A leader in my opinion should emulate those characteristics. Presidential-elect Biden appears to have the right character. I am more hopefully that he will heal the nation, restore the economy.ÔÇŁ
Thomas Koenig, a Dubai-based construction director for a private company in the ═■┐═Ášż║, said: ÔÇťI am surprised how Donald Trump had a heavy lead well into the early morning hours on the night of the election only to wake up to an unprecedented spike in mail in votes exclusively all for Biden and coincidentally, all in battleground states. Can anyone spell ÔÇťfraud and corruptionÔÇŁ? Spikes in quantities just enough to project a victory for Biden? Hundreds of thousands of those mailed in ballots, all in a row, were all for Biden. Democrat votes in some cases exceeding the total number of registered voters in those states; thousands of democratic votes from those who had been deceased for years; software glitches in counting machines that transposed thousands of Trump votes to Biden votes in as many as 47 different battleground counties. All this and no mention of possible voter fraud or ballot harvesting from the American mainstream media.
ÔÇťNow the projection has been made, ahead of the official electoral college vote and ahead of the outcome of the many lawsuits filed to recount the many close states after all the above is taken into consideration. World leaders have expressed their congratulations ÔÇö all a bit premature donÔÇÖt you think?,ÔÇŁ asked Koenig.
ÔÇťI am very disappointed. This election was a travesty. TheyÔÇÖve made it a personal matter as they just donÔÇÖt like Trump and clearly donÔÇÖt know all that he done to help the USA. Our country is about to become socialist America as the large conglomerates and tech companies become stronger and control us!ÔÇŁ