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Transfixed World Awaits What’s Next in America - As results trickled in, they're being watched by millions & analysed with the sort of blanket news coverage often reserved for elections closer to home

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Transfixed World Awaits What’s Next in America - As results trickled in, they're being watched by millions & analysed with the sort of blanket news coverage often reserved for elections closer to home

An indecisive American presidential election hurtling toward legal challenges transfixed the world on Wednesday, with viewers in Australia, Europe, Asia and elsewhere riveted by the pitched battle between President Trump an 'Sleep' Joe Biden Jr.

And they are all appalled by Mr. Trump’s demand to stop counting votes.

“Trump-Biden: The United States is tearing itself apart,” the newspaper Le Monde said in a front-page headline, summarizing French coverage of the election that has often depicted a country coming apart at the seams.

“OK, America, so what the hell happens now?” wrote Marina Hyde, a columnist for The Guardian, Britain’s main left-leaning newspaper.

She answered her own question by venturing, “Rule nothing out, except maybe optimism.”

By Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Biden predicted “we will be the winners” but stopped short of declaring victory.

Mr. Trump vowed legal challenges to what he cast as fraudulent Democratic votes.

In Australia crowds converged around televisions in cafes, trying to steal a glimpse of states turning red or blue.

In Iran, the hashtag #Elections_America trended on Persian Twitter, while in Japan, Fuji Television covered the election with graphics that mixed old-school cardboard cutouts with the avatars common in video games.

All over the world, the results trickling in from across the American electoral map made for confounding, fascinating must-watch drama.

The stakes are global, and so was the audience, illustrating the truism that presidential elections in the United States affect everyone, even those ineligible to vote in them.

“It’s kind of like the World Cup finals,” said Moch Faisal Karim, an international relations professor at Binus University in Indonesia.

For many, the election was an opportunity to watch the hoped-for defeat of Mr. Trump, who has frayed alliances, started trade wars and vexed many foreign leaders with his erratic, transactional style.

After the nonstop drama of his first term, much of the world hungers for the United States to shift back toward the more traditional course Mr. Biden has promised.

For those countries that have benefited from Mr. Trump, the prospect of a President Biden awakened more conflicted emotions.

In Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forged close ties with Mr. Trump, right-wing commentators seized on the closeness of the race to vilify American news media that had foreseen through polling a more clear-cut advantage for Mr. Biden.

“The gap between what they said and what happened is simply too wide to believe they did not see this,” Shimon Riklin, an ally of Mr. Netanyahu’s, said on Twitter.

“We had predicted the most organized and splendid fake news in history.”

Many viewers wanted nothing more than a quick resolution, but instead there was uncertainty and angst.

First came the quadrennial refresher course on the complexities of the American process for electing a president — and then, as votes were counted, the hours of waiting, as news websites and television channels filled with the 50-state maps and charts familiar to Americans.

They tried to make sense of images of stores boarded up against potential violence.

When Mr. Trump appeared at the White House around 2 a.m. in Washington and prematurely declared that he had won, warning that he would go to the Supreme Court to try to shut down the rest of the vote counting, anxieties deepened.

“Donald Trump is playing with fire in a context that is already quite explosive,” Le Monde declared.

Michael Fullilove, executive director of the Lowy Institute, a research institute in Sydney, Australia, said, “President Trump’s statement should concern anyone who believes in democracy.”

“A contested election may be the worst possible result for the United States,” Mr. Fullilove added. “Covid had already made America look seriously unwell. Now it appears febrile and disoriented.”

In South Africa, where opinion polls showed a strong preference for a Biden presidency, many on social media noted the implications of Mr. Trump’s wide support in the United States.

“It does not matter who wins, the USA is a very divided population,” James Bernstein, a financial risk analyst, said on Twitter.

“Trump with all his disgusting characteristics and amid bungling Covid pandemic, is still able to garner 50% of the US population approval — that says a lot.”

Feyi Fawehinmi, a Nigerian author and analyst, summed up what the election meant to many Africans following from afar: “No other country could have scripted this.

This is pure entertainment. Edge of seat stuff.”

In Asia, the election results came in while the markets were trading, setting off wild fluctuations.

Stocks in Asia ended mixed.

In a region that has mostly controlled the coronavirus, many people tried to fathom how Mr. Trump, a leader who had falsely claimed the scourge would disappear in the United States, could still garner so much support among a population where infections are still rampant.

South Korean newspapers relayed real-time updates on the vote counting with banner headlines on their websites, and cable channels had uninterrupted coverage, making this the most closely watched American election in the country in recent memory.

In India, where the mother of Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, was born, viewers took a special interest in watching updates on television all day — particularly in the southern village of Thulasendrapuram, birthplace of Ms. Harris’s maternal grandfather more than 100 years ago.

“Usually we don’t follow American elections,” said Pradeep, the manager of a small hotel in the village, surrounded by lush rice paddies.

“But this time we have been following the elections very closely, like our own elections.”

Pradeep, who goes by one name, expressed dismay that the election was so close and blamed what he called racist voting patterns, saying it was “evident this time as the whites have completely voted for Trump.”

In China, the state news media repeatedly highlighted the potential for riots or other election-related violence. CCTV, the state broadcaster, aired footage of the heavy police presence in Washington and protesters shoving one another near the White House, though protests there Tuesday evening had been largely peaceful.

For some countries, hopes rose that the election would augur a shift in the United States’ relationship with the world.

In Indonesia, some analysts said a Biden victory would soften the American approach to the Muslim world, while in Iran, where the economy has been battered by Mr. Trump’s sanctions, there was a sense among some that the election would have a greater impact on Iranians than on Americans.

Even Alexei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who has challenged President Vladimir V. Putin and nearly died after being poisoned with a nerve agent, found humor in the uncertain outcome.

“Woke up and went on Twitter to see who won,” he posted Wednesday. “Still unclear. Now that’s what I call elections.”

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