Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Donald Trump projected winner of US election
Donald Trump is the next president of the United States after a long, bitter and divisive election campaign, according to projections.
Projections early on Wednesday showed that Trump clinched victory over Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US president-elect after securing the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
"This is a political bombshell that we haven't seen in modern history," Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from New York, said.
The 2016 US election caught the attention of hundreds of millions around the world with dramatic moments in the campaign grabbing headlines for more than a year.
Trump was seen as the least likely candidate to win in what was an extremely a tight race.
Trump, a former reality TV star, announced his candidacy in June 2015.
Since then, the billionaire businessman from New York has consistently alienated minority groups, refused to release his tax returns, and remained seemingly unapologetic for leaked tapes in which he brags about sexually assaulting women.