The American election and the global culture of democracy

November 16, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

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Ogunniyi Abayomi

At my residence in Lagos, Nigeria, I tuned to the CNN cable network news and observed the tedious and enraging political battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the American presidential election.

The candidates’ battle created a provocative and evocative atmosphere among the supporters, critics and fellow political colleagues over the controversial argument on the issues affecting Americans. The negative vibe from both candidates sparked negative reactions among followers and supporters of both accordingly.

The tough temperament and ambtious drive of each emphasised the importance attached to serving the people, which is the basic principle that builds a democratic state. The critical analysis on each issue, ranging from the battle against terrorism, social security, fostering international ties and enhancing more support to international development was secluded, all I observed instead was a subjective battle from one candidate to another.

Facts were raised but both were inclined to controversial acts the candidates were accused of exhibiting, placing their reputations at stake. Despite the emergence of controversy, each candidate’s focus towards America was not diverted, nor subverted towards.

I believe there was a tenancity to ensue an administration to advocate against injustices relating to racial identity within the American continent. It was a global affair that captured the world’s attention over who would become the 45th President of the United States of America.

The theatrics between both parties in an uproarious setting went beyond gender, race, religion and colour. An uphill battle from which neither could contain their intense emotions, both parties continually at loggerheads. This persisted until the election decided who would win or surrender to defeat.

Tuesday was the day their fate would be known. Anticipation grilled in the minds of all followers until the final moment emerged.

Donald Trump was announced as the president elect of the United States of America, provoking mixed reactions between supporters.

Hillary Clinton’s concession to his victory and call for support for the president proved the maturity to move on and support the success of your opponent which is quite unseen in other parts of the world. Trump calling for the unity and support of all Americans likewise commending and congratulating Clinton exhibited the no enemy, no friend paraphase of the political world.

What does this interpret to the essence of democracy in world politics? The idea and objective would be sternly scrutinized before implementation.

The international community are concerned as to what the Trump administration would offer. The African and Latino communities look forward to strengthening their ties, likewise Russia also hopes for benefits from this administration.

The world is expectant, will it be a success or will it turn out to be a shambles?










Ogunniyi Abayomi

Ogunniyi Abayomi was born July 11, 1991 in the city of Lagos, where he resides. A poet and essayist whose works have been published in various journals.


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