Congratulation to America on the election of Barack Obama to be its 44th President.
He will have many challenges to face and all fair-minded people, both inside and outside the US, will wish him well.
He campaigned heavily on the themes of hope and change and conveyed a sense of proportion, pragmatism and determination. He will need them all.
It appears his themes have struck a chord with many Americans. True, there was a strong black turnout, stronger than predicted early in the campaign, but he needed more than the black vote to win and obviously struck a chord with many levels of Americans.
But we non-Americans are not untouched.
America is unique in its impact on the lives and thoughts of people around the world.
We, too, have a sense of hope for the future.