Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
He told cheering supporters that Americans must now unite and “bind the wounds of division”, after a gruelling, acrimonious campaign.
Global markets plummeted, with the US dollar diving and gold prices surging.
As poll counting went late into the night, it was Mr Trump’s shock victory in Wisconsin that put him over the 270 out of 538 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.
However Moscow welcomed the news of Trump’s victory, officials say they are optimistic of improved relations with the US under a Trump presidency.
President Vladmir Putin sent Trump a telegram of congratulation, he was the first world leader to congratulate Trump.
In a brief statement, the Kremlin said Putin expressed ‘his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state’.
Putin also said he had confidence that a ‘constructive dialogue’ could be built between Moscow and Washington, saying it would be ‘in the interests of our peoples and the world community’.
The election was also greeted with delight by far-right leaders in Europe, with French National Front president Marine Le Pen among the first to voice their congratulations.
She tweeted: ‘Congratulations to the new President of the United States Donald Trump and the American people, free!’
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, described the result as a ‘huge shock’ and questioned whether it meant the end of ‘Pax Americana’, the state of relative peace overseen by Washington that has governed international relations since World War Two.
The country’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: ‘The world won’t end, but things will get more crazy.’


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