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5 World Reactions to U.S. Election Results

As U.S. residents waited anxiously for answers on election night, people around the world bit their nails along with them. The world's opinions about the candidates leading up to the election were as divided as the opinions of Americans. Crowds gathered around their television sets and attended public viewing events in different countries, some to cheer for Trump, and some to root for Hillary. But one thing everyone could agree on was that last night's election result is likely to bear a significant impact on the lives of people around the world. Below, see how people in five countries watched election results roll in and how they reacted to Donald Trump being elected as the 45th president of the U.S. 

Election Reactions: Vietnam
People watch live election results hosted by the United States Consulate General at a convention center on Nov. 9, 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. | Linh Pham/Getty Image

Donald Trump's stunning performance in the U.S. presidential election triggered shock and angst in Asia, where observers fretted over the implications for everything, including trade, human rights, and climate change reaction. China, in particular, was mentioned often during the campaign.

 Election Reactions: Iraq
Members of the Iraqi forces in the southern outskirts of Mosul watch Donald Trump giving his acceptance speech on Nov. 9, 2016. | AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

The Iraqi soldiers above were photographed while resting from the ongoing military operation to retake Mosul, an Islamic State stronghold. Launched in mid-October, the U.S.-backed initiative to recapture the second-largest city in the country has been described as one of the biggest operations since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Reports have been flooding in of ISIS torturing civilians and heavy fire being exchanged during this offensive. The United Nations estimates up to 1 million refugees could be fleeing the violence, including Yazidi refugees who are hiding out in Kurdish territories.

 Election Reactions: Cambodia
A Democratic supporter reacts when Donald Trump's victory is announced on Nov. 9, 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dozens of expatriated Democratic Party supporters gathered starting early in the morning at a restaurant in central Phnom Penh to follow the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections at a party organized by Democrats Abroad Cambodia. | Omar Havana/Getty Images
Election Reactions: Mexico
Martin Macias from the Mexican state of Zacatecas demonstrates against Donald Trump at the border crossing between Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and El Paso, Texas, on November 8, 2016. | HERIKA JUAREZ/AFP/Getty Images

Following Trump's racial attacks and threats to withhold remittances wired from the U.S. to Mexico to fund a border wall, Hillary Clinton's lead over Trump was estimated at 54 points prior to the election. The Mexican peso has been reactive to Trump's rhetoric during his campaign and its already-fragile economy is hinging on Trump's promise to renegotiate the NAFTA agreement. 

Election Reactions: Slovenia
Residents of Melania Trump's hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia raise glasses as they celebrate the victory of Donald Trump in the race for the White House on Nov. 9, 2016. | JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

Top image: Muslim girls watching a mobile device while attending a 2016 U.S. presidential election party in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov. 9, 2016.