Clin­ton win would mean step to­wards gen­der bal­ance

Jamaica Gleaner - - UNITED STATES ELECTIONS 2016 -

GER­MAN CHAN­CEL­LOR An­gela Merkel says a vic­tory for Hil­lary Clin­ton in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion would be a step to­wards gen­der bal­ance among world lead­ers.

Merkel says she’s await­ing the elec­tion re­sult “with sus­pense”, while de­clin­ing to com­ment di­rectly on Clin­ton or ri­val Don­ald Trump.

But asked yes­ter­day about the pos­si­bil­ity of a woman win­ning the White House, she said: “Then we’d come a lit­tle bit closer to a bal­ance of women and men in lead­ing po­si­tions.”

Ger­many’s first fe­male leader was speak­ing along­side Erna Sol­berg, Nor­way’s sec­ond fe­male prime min­is­ter. Sol­berg said it “may be in­spir­ing for many young women to see pol­i­tics not just as something that be­longs to men”.

But she added: “There isn’t some kind of global girl­friends net­work that wants to rule the world.” Frank But­ler (left) and Don Moore wave Trump signs to traf­fic out­side the Clay County Repub­li­can Party vic­tory head­quar­ters on elec­tion day, yes­ter­day, in Or­ange Park, Florida.

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