For some days now, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been receiving congratulatory messages from leaders across the globe. In spite fetching the highest number of votes, some prominent leaders and presidents around the world are yet to acknowledge Biden as President-elect. Among the notable holdouts are the strongmen who are perceived to have been allies of Donald Trump’s presidency in the last four years. Russian President Vladimir Putin is yet to congratulate Biden since he’s been projected winner of the election. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Moscow would wait for official election results before commenting on the outcome.
Similarly, the Chinese government is yet to be on the list of Biden’s crop of well wishers. Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that China would act in “accordance with international practice.”. Mexico’s president says he’s not ready to send felicitations to President-elect Joe Biden, saying he wants to wait for U.S. authorities to certify Biden formally as the victor.
“We cannot meddle in the politics of other countries. … We have to be respectful,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday at his regular morning news conference.
Others yet to accept Biden’s victory at the polls and whose silence speak more volumes include Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Kim Jong Un of North Korea, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mexican President Andrés Manuel, among others.