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World Leaders Cautious In Commenting On U.S. Election

3 November 2004 -- World leaders today cautiously acknowledged the possible victory of George W. Bush in yesterday's U.S. presidential elections.

President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland, a strong U.S. ally, said for his country, four more years with Bush is "really good news."

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan, another strong U.S. ally, said whoever wins relations between his country and the United States would not change much.

Germany's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer urged patience in waiting for the final result of the poll. "The result [of the U.S. presidential election] is still not determined, and I think it's too early to make a final judgment," he said. "For us it's important that we continue to have good relations with our most important partners and allies and that we can work together with them in the future. We must wait until the result is finally declared."

Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, was quoted as saying that "whoever wins will be our friend."

Throughout much of the Middle East, however people reacted with disappointment, with many Arabs predicting a second Bush term will mean more bloodshed in the region.

Bush aides have claimed victory, but Bush has yet to officially win the number of electoral votes needed for the presidency.