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Triumphant Donald Trump elected US President, Clinton concedes

Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States on Wednesday in a shocking defeat of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, AP and The Guardian reported.

Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump and conceded the presidency to the Republican, CNN reported.

Donald Trump upended US politics with a campaign of venom, audacity and history, and has become the oldest man at age 70 to be elected into the White House.

The billionaire businessman has inherited an anxious nation, angry and distrustful of leaders in Washington.

He will preside over an economy that is improving but still leaving many behind, and a military less extended abroad than eight years ago, but grappling with new terror threats.

Hillary Clinton declined to speak at Clinton HQ late at night as Trump gained an unassailable lead. Clinton’s campaign chair urged supporters to go home. “We will speak to you tomorrow,” he said.

Tough contest

The 2016 race was the most bruising in modern memory.

In a presidential campaign that focused more on the character of the candidates than on policy, Clinton, 69, a former US secretary of state, and Trump, 70, accused each other of being fundamentally unfit to lead the country.

Obama’s election eight years ago as the nation’s first black president had raised hopes of uniting Americans, but the current contest has only highlighted the country’s divisions ─ and the fact that voters are not necessarily happy with their options.

Exit polls by ABC News and NBC News found that both Clinton and Trump were seen as untrustworthy by majorities of voters, while most found Trump’s temperament unpresidential.

World markets appear uncertain on the back of the election, as Trump’s surprise victory has rattled the dollar and slammed stock markets into reverse in wild Asian trading.

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