Hillary Clinton has gracefully conceded to Donald Trump in a historic US presidential election that saw the seasoned politician pitted against the billionaire businessman.
In an emotional speech hours after Trump was named as the new American president, the frontrunner for the intense race said she would work with Trump for the sake of their nation.
“(As Americans) we cherish a peaceful transfer of power,” she told Democratic party supporters in New York.
“I called Donald Trump, I offered to work with him.
“I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans. I’m sorry we did not win. This is painful, and it will be painful for a long time.”
She then urged people to keep on working hard for peace.
“We have seen this nation is more deeply divided than we thought.
“We accept the election result and now look to the future,” she said to loud applause.
Earlier, in an unusually sober and dignified acceptance speech, Trump pledged to work for all Americans.
He didn’t mention changing the US immigration laws, building a wall at the Mexican border, or overhauling the US healthcare system, all things he promised to do if he was elected.
Instead Trump said: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”
He added: “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
News of Trump’s trouncing of Clinton — he scooped 289 electoral votes to her 218 — caused ripples of shock and world stock markets dipped.
However, by lunchtime the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) All Share Index bounced back 0.32% to 50 862 points after it fell more than 2% in the morning.
The Rand also came under pressure losing nearly two percent against the dollar and reaching a low of R13.51 to the US currency.
Several protests flared up across the USA and outside the White House after Trump made his victory speech.
In Oakland, California mense burned piles of trash along the highway and Occupy Washington protesters held up a sign that read: “Better Than Bigotry”.
Pop star Lady Gaga, who is a Clinton supporter, parked a dirt truck outside Trump Towers in New York and held up a blue, white and red sign that read: “Love trumps Hate” and continued to show her support for Clinton on Twitter.
— Lady Gaga (@KingLadyGaga) November 9, 2016
Angry voters in Portland, Seattle and Oregon also took to the streets, burning tyres and rubbish in the streets.
Americans also took to Twitter using the hashtag #NotMyPresident to protest against Donald Trump’s win.
— Eddie Adolf (@eddieadolf) November 10, 2016
— Drunk Uncle Homebear (@PapaHogieBear) November 10, 2016
— Z. (@typicalzenn) November 10, 2016
— Alina Roche (@Alina_Roche) November 10, 2016
— Mark Westall (@mnjwestall) November 9, 2016