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World Watches: From Afghanistan to Venezuela, Obama vs. Romney Battle Captivates

Global citizens follow the US election closely. “Indeed, American presidential elections are a spectator sport for many,” reports NBC News. Many citizens hope that US voters select the candidate who strives to understand other perspectives, let alone cooperate with their countries. Obama was popular globally in 2008, and countries celebrated that the son of an African could become US president. But many have also since become disenchanted, suggesting that US policies didn’t change all that much. Germans remain strong supporters of Obama, with many cancelling contracts with an insurance firm after a US subsidiary donated to the Romney campaign. Many, especially in the Middle East, worry about wars with Syria or Iran. Cubans anticipate the winner to continue building ties, while members of opposition movements in nations like Venezuela seek tough policies that could overturn their leaders. Great Britain and traditional allies anticipate being strong partners in global initiatives. In the US and abroad, all hope that the US can contribute to strengthening the global economy. – YaleGlobal

World Watches: From Afghanistan to Venezuela, Obama vs. Romney Battle Captivates

In the Middle East, Europe and Asia, global citizens do not expect drastic changes in US policy, but look for cooperation and strength
NBCNews.com, 5 November 2012
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NBC News' Amalia Ahmad, Tazeen Ahmad, Carlo Angerer, Ali Arouzi, Maria Camila Bernal, F. Brinley Bruton, Ed Flanagan, Paul Goldman, Charlene Gubash, Lawahez Jabari, Rohit Kachroo, Wajahat Khan, Jim Maceda, Mary Murray, Kerry Sanders, Keir Simmons and Arata Yamamoto contributed to this report.

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