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Muslims Around the World React to Trump

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Muslims around the world are reacting to news that controversial businessman turned politician Donald J. Trump won the U.S. presidential election.

The Pakistani stock market plunged when Trump took the lead in the race, which was streamed live by media networks around the world.

The editor in chief of the Arabic daily Rai al-Youm, Abdel-Bari Atwan, said he “does not expect any goodness,” from Trump, whom he said is full of “arrogance and lies.”

Leaders were more circumspect.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of Indonesia said he would work with any American president who was elected. Al-Arabiya reported Indonesians on social media expressed worry about the possibility of travelling to the States and seeing their relatives.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Trump to congratulate him on his victory, saying “We are ready to deal with the elected president on the basis of a two-state solution and to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.”

Saudi Arabia’s official news agency issued a guarded press release simply announcing Trump had won the presidency.

In a recent speech Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran appeared to hint towards a pro-Trump stance, based on his outspokenness, according to Middle East Eye.

But in closely-monitored Iran there is no reliable way of telling the true opinions of either the leadership or the populace.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi said, "The Egyptian Arab Republic is looking forward to the period of Donald Trump's presidency to imbue new spirit into the path of Egyptian-American ties with more cooperation and coordination in the interests of both the Egyptian and American people.

A poll on the eve of the election taken across nine Arab countries indicated 68% of Saudis backed Clinton. But a different survey of 1,300 people indicated that Middle East men favored Trump.

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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