Party mood as U.S. poll rerun in Durban

2012-11-08 00:00

THE mood in the Durban City Hall was jovial yesterday morning with the news that Barack Obama had been re-elected president of U.S.

Taylor Ruggles, U.S. Consul-General, hosted a special breakfast for diplomatic staff and VIP guests to watch the release of the presidential elections results live on CNN.

On their arrival, guests were given campaign buttons bearing an elephant and donkey, representing Republicans and Democrats respectively, mock ballots and profiles of the candidates.

They also took part in mock elections, which Obama easily won by 73 votes.

The guests also posed for photographs next to cut-outs of Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

Among the guests were eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Democratic Alliance provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu, Durban University of Technology vice chancellor Professor Ahmed Bawa and Finance MEC Ina Cronje.

Ruggles explained the U.S. election process to his guests, invoking the example of 2000 when George Bush won against Al Gore.

“This is a celebration of democracy and Americans are

exercising their

constitutional right to vote for their president and their representatives in Congress,” he said in an interview.

Ruggles also said that regardless of who won the presidential elections, U.S. relations with South Africa would not be affected in any way.

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