Range of Worldwide Reactions to Election Results

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In Europe, reactions ranged from celebratory welcoming of the new Congress, to cautious predictions.

The Arab world had mixed reactions. Some are worried that the Democrat victory could result in negligence of Middle East issues and a too-hasty retreat from Iraq.

Changes in trade policy are being anticipated in Asia where President Bush was in favour of free trade policies. President Bush is soon to travel to Vietnam for an APEC Conference. The Bush administration has been pushing for Vietnam, a major exporter of shoes, furniture and seafood, to join the World Trade Organization.

According to AP, trade negotiations in South American with Peru and Colombia will be encumbered by Democrats demanding labor provisions.

–Caroline Dobuzinskis

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