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US election teaches world community a lesson — Gorbachev

November 09, 2016, 22:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"This demand for change showed the need for drastic alternations both in the domestic and foreign policies," the former Soviet leader said

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Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev

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MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. The presidential election in the United States has taught the world community a lesson, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Wednesday.

"The election in the United States has taught the world community a lesson," Gorbachev was quoted as saying by the press service of the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (Gorbachev Foundation).

"It concerns other countries, including this country," he said. "This demand for change showed the need for drastic alternations both in the domestic and foreign policies."

"At the time when free elections were held in our country and, owing to the infusion of new blood to each government agency, changes became noticeable at all levels of power," Gorbachev said, adding that "people stand up for the renewal of power institutions which must work for people from every walk of life."

"We will see if the newly elected US president will be capable of acting on behalf of Americans from all walks of life and of taking other nations’ interests into consideration," he added.

On Election Day, November 8, United States citizens cast their ballots and elected their 45th US President, Donald J. Trump. By securing more than the needed 270 electoral votes, Trump, the Republican candidate clinched his presidential victory. The election outcome was a spectacular culmination to a heated presidential race between the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate, Donald Trump. The former First Lady conceded to her rival by phone once the needed votes were in.

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