Biden wins US election: formidable challenges
Following four long days of suspense which has put the United States on a knife-edge, Joe Biden has been named the 46th President of the United States, making him the oldest to occupy the world’s most important political position by January 20.
There has been an outpouring of congratulations from within and outside the United States on the election of Biden, on whom high hopes are being pinned.
Congratulating the President-elect, former US President Barack Obama said: “I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden.I also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala’s ground-breaking election as our next Vice President.”
The most crucial issue that has preoccupied the electorate is the raging Coronavirus pandemic that has and continues to claim many lives in the United States, as well as the economy that has been severely impacted by Covid-19.
The President-elect will face formidable challenges, namely the pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the US, an economy that has been battered by the pandemic and mending ties, particularly with the country’s traditional allies.
Commenting on the challenging awaiting the incoming president, Obama said: ”when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.”
A divided nation
The United States is a divided nation and the incoming president is conscious of this fact and seems ready to tackle this issue head on. In his address to the nation, Biden asserted that he sees no blue states or red states, he sees, rather, the United States of America, noting that it’s time to heal.
Biden struck a reconciliatory tone, saying we should not see each other as enemies but as Americans. About 70 million Americans have voted for Trump in the election.
First black woman to be VP
Sen. Kamala Harris of California was elected the first female vice president of the United States, making history for being the first female, first Black and first South Asian, to occupy the second highest office in the United States of America. In doing so, she has cracked what Hilary Clinton described as “the highest and hardest glass ceiling” between women and the White House.
Harris tweeted a video of herself on the phone with President-elect Joe Biden shortly after CNN projected their win.
“We did it, we did it, Joe. You’re going to be the next president of the United States,” she said.
Harris stands to raise the prospects of a woman becoming a president in the United States of America.
At an event marking the victory, Harris said:” it is a new day for the US.”
A paradigm shift
There is no doubt that the US foreign relations will witness a paradigm shift under the new administration of Biden, who has long been an influential voice on foreign policy issues in Washington and has previously chaired the Senate Foreign.
It’s indisputable that the incoming Administration will have to grapple with a number of formidable challenges, most notably the pandemic, however, hopes are high that the Biden led Administration will chart a new course of action to combat Covid-19 and eventually achieve a long awaited economic recovery.