Merkel: Clinton as first female President would be a step towards gender balance

By REUTERS
November 8, 2016 16:47
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said Germany was eagerly awaiting the result of the US Presidential election in November 8.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face voters as millions of Americans turn out on Election Day to pick the next US president and end a bruising campaign that polls said favored Clinton.

In a battle centered largely on the character of the candidates, Clinton, 69, a former secretary of state and first lady, and Trump, 70, a New York businessman, made their final, fervent appeals to supporters late on Monday to turn out the vote.

Clinton went into Election Day as the favorite to become the first US woman president after spending eight years in the White House as first lady from 1993 to 2001.

Asked about the meaning of a female US President, Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference with her Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg in Berlin: "Then we would come a bit closer to a balance of women and men in leading positions."

"Maybe this would be also inspiring to many young women, who not only understand politics as something belonging to men, but that they have the chance themselves to influence society. There is no women network on a worldwide level though, who wants to dominate the world, that to be said," Solberg added.



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