JUST IN: Joe Biden has declared victory in the US presidential
election and made his first speech as President elect, pledging "not to divide
but unify" the country.
While speaking to supporters in his hometown of
Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said: "The people of this nation have spoken. They've
delivered us a convincing victory. A clear victory."
He vowed to be a president for all: "I am a proud Democrat, but I will govern as
an American president."
"Let's give other a chance. It's time to put
away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature".
The new president elect also made a call for unity: "to make
progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies" (...) "We must make
the promise of the country real for everybody, no matter their race, their
ethnicity, their faith, their identity, or their disability."
Kamala Harris also thanked voters for choosing hope and unity,"decency, science and truth,"
Incumbent president Donald Trump has still not
conceded the election.
European and world leaders have congratulated the US President elect and Vice-President Kamala Harris on their victory. Here are some messages from Romanian leaders:
The President of
Romania, Klaus Iohannis, on Saturday congratulated Joe Biden on his
victory, in a message posted on Twitter: "I look forward to further consolidating our solid and dynamic Strategic
Partnership in all its dimensions. Romania will continue to work to
strengthen the security, prosperity and resilience of our transatlantic
In turn, the President of the
Social Democratic Party Marcel Ciolacu also congratulated the Democratic
Biden: "At the end of an election campaign that took place amid exceptional circumstances and with so much at stake, the American people have spoken. I welcome the election of Joseph Biden following a contest that
has captured the attention of the entire planet and I wish the new
President success with the important and difficult mission that awaits him! Democratic
nations around the world and US allies need an America that is involved,
vigilant and investing in its vital role as a global leader, strengthening the
transatlantic relationship with NATO and reasserting the importance of its
strategic partnerships", Ciolacu wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.The Social Democrat leader gave assurances
that his party will continue to support the development and deepening of the
Strategic Partnership between Romania
and the USA,
as an essential component of a strong transatlantic relationship, in permanent
transformation and adaptation.
Dacian Cioloş, co-president of the USR PLUS Alliance and leader of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, also congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election in a post on social media: "The US president elect has earned a well-deserved victory in this election, based on a substantial policy program, which addresses priorities that I also share and support both at European level and in Romania: a better performing healthcare system, well-targeted social programs for vulnerable categories and special attention to the digital domain. It is precisely in these areas that we would like to expand our Strategic Partnership. (...) Congratulations, Joe Biden! Congratulations, Kamala Harris, the first female vice president of the United States! I have no doubt that the USA will continue to be the same reliable partner to Romania." Dacian Cioloş also expressed confidence that the Biden administration would be open to introducing a visa waiver program for Romanians.
The copresident of the USR Plus Alliance Dan Barna also welcomed
the victory of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden. In a Facebook post,
Barna said "the Romanians have always been reliable allies of America in the endeavors
to build a free, democratic and prosperous world. I am confident that under the
Biden-Harris administration, the Strategic Partnership between our countries
will acquire even more substance, something which will be reflected in an even
closer relationship between our peoples and governments".
------------------------UPDATE: Democrat Joe Biden has defeated the incumbent US
President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States of America, according to international
news agencies, after US media projections showed he would win Nevada,
Pennsylvania, surpassing the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
The former vice president in the Obama
Administration posted a message on Twitter, shortly after the US mass media
projected him the winner of the November 3 election: "America, I'm honored that
you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be
hard, but I promise this: I will be a President for all Americans-whether you
voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me," Joe
Biden wrote on Twitter.
The US incumbent
president, Republican Donald Trump, on Saturday accused Biden of "rushing to
falsely pose" as the winner and warned "this election is far from over". Trump also
said his campaign would start challenging the results in court as from Monday.
saw the highest voter turnout in a century.
Joe Biden is projected to win the race for the White House in a tight contest against incumbent president Donald Trump. Votes are still being counted, including in key battleground states, following the highest voter turnout in a presidential election since 1900. Also, a record number of Americans voted by post in these elections because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Biden said it was time for Americans "to come together as a nation", "to unite" and "to heal". His running mate Kamala Harris is to become the first woman to be elected vice-president.