Trump is next president of US, says it’s time to come together

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In a spectacular repudiation of the Washington establishment, Donald Trump has won the historic US presidential elections and will be the 45th president of the US.

The Republican candidate has already won 278 electoral college votes, against his arch rival Hillary Clinton’s 219 votes, giving him a comfortable victory.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Mr. Trump told supporters in the wee hours in New York City.

In a victory speech shortly after the results became clear, Mr Trump told his delirious supporters at his New York headquarters, to “come together as one united people.”

Hillary Clinton has conceded defeat.

Mr Trump, a maverick billionaire real estate tycoon and former reality television star, built his campaign around deepening discontent among blue-collar workers who felt neglected by the powerful Washington establishment. He expertly played on their fears about immigration and losing jobs in the aftermath of trans-regional trade deals his predecessor was engaged in negotiating.



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