Sun. Nov 29th, 2020
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With the United States presidential polls just around the corner, there are countries whose leaders who will be closely watching its developments as they have personal stake on its results since they either have close or antagonistic relations with US President Donald Trump.

Among those who have antagonistic relations with Trump are Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and China’s Xi Jin Ping for obvious reasons.

Among those who have close ties with Trump is Benjamin Netanyahu, while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte still has friendly ties with the US president, who has so far been indifferent to other Western countries’ calling out Duterte’s human rights record in his fierce battle against drugs.

“Regarded by some as Asia’s Trump for his unorthodox political style and brash language, Duterte has nurtured friendly ties with the US leader and even called on American Filipinos to vote for Trump,” a Agence France-Presse report said.

“Trump, in contrast to Obama, has not publicly raised alarm over the Philippines’ deadly anti-drug crackdown. The tough-talking Duterte once said in a speech that Obama could “go to hell,” it added.

However, the report said that a victory by Trump rival Joe Biden “could potentially bring a more adversarial relationship” for Duterte.

The US presidential polls will be held in November 4 (November 3 in the US).

BIDEN LEADING, BUT VICTORY NOT ASSURED

According to a BBC report “US election 2020 polls: Who is ahead – Trump or Biden?”, Biden is leading Trump based on national polls, or 51 percent to 43 percent.

However, the US polls does not take into account the number of voters on who will win – rather, the winner is the candidate who gets the majority of the 538 electorals scattered over the country’s 50 states. This is called the “electoral college system.”

“National polls are a good guide as to how popular a candidate is across the country as a whole, but they’re not necessarily a good way to predict the result of the election,” the BBC report said.

“In 2016, for example, Hillary Clinton led in the polls and won nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, but she still lost – that’s because the US uses an electoral college system, so winning the most votes doesn’t always win you the election,” it added. (sovereignph.com)

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