The World, Unsurprisingly, Celebrates Obama Victory

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Throughout the Bush administration, America's global brand has taken it on the chin, and early indications are that president-elect Barack Obama, an African-American who cuts a cosmopolitan profile, will do much to help the U.S. repair its image. Foreign leaders, with varying degrees of exuberance, congratulated the man, and there were mass celebrations in many countries. What follows is a selection of the world's reactions:

BBC correspondents the world over weigh in on what will be expected from the new leader. has a wonderful gallery of worldwide Obama celebrations. And here's a summation of reaction from the world's leaders on Al Jazeera's website.

China's reaction, as the Wall Street Journal's China Journal usefully sums it up, is complicated. The Communist Party offered a congratulatory message to the president-elect, and its official daily newspaper contained a headline that read, "World hopes for a 'less arrogant' America."

Menassat rounds up press reactions from Middle Eastern news stories here.

Here's an Al Jazeera video report on celebrations in Indonesia, where Mr. Obama lived for a time as a child.

And Kenya, especially Obama relatives there, celebrated by declaring today a public holiday.

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