LEADERS OF MEXICO, BRAZIL CONGRATULATE BIDEN ON US ELECTION WIN

Written by on December 16, 2020

THE LEADERS OF LATIN AMERICA’S TWO BIGGEST ECONOMIES, BRAZIL AND MEXICO, CONGRATULATED JOE BIDEN ON TUESDAY ON HIS ELECTION VICTORY AFTER A LONG DELAY THAT IGNITED CRITICISM THEY WERE COURTING DANGER BY REBUFFING THE US PRESIDENT-ELECT.

MEXICO’S ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR AND BRAZIL’S JAIR BOLSONARO BOTH WAITED UNTIL THE DAY AFTER BIDEN’S NOVEMBER 3 ELECTION WIN WAS CONFIRMED BY THE US ELECTORAL COLLEGE BEFORE ACKNOWLEDGING IT, EACH LEADER RUNNING THE RISK OF ALIENATING BIDEN AND HIS FELLOW DEMOCRATS WITH THEIR EXTENDED DELAY.

LOPEZ OBRADOR AND BOLSONARO ARE IDEOLOGICAL OPPOSITES IN THE REGION BUT FOUND COMMON GROUND IN WAITING LONGER THAN NEARLY ALL OTHER HEADS OF STATE. NORTH KOREA’S KIM JONG UN MAY BE THE ONLY KEY INTERNATIONAL LEADER WHO HAS YET TO RECOGNISE BIDEN’S DEFEAT OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN LAST MONTH’S ELECTION


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