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RFI's David Page and Barbara Giudice reported on the US's historic presidential election. They spoke to strategists, campaigners, experts, union leaders, community organisers and churchgoers to take the pulse of America in the days before the vote. As the results came through, we broadcast live debate in association with the Journalism Institute of New York University.

Latest update 2008-10-29 11:07 TU

US presidential election

Barack Obama makes his acceptance speech.(Photo: Reuters)

Obama wins historic election

Barack Obama has been elected the first African-American President of the United States after picking up the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. Obama acknowledged the historic nature of his win before extending an olive branch to Republicans and acknowledging the serious challenges ahead.

2008-11-05 15:28 TU

US presidential election

US President-elect Barack Obama (Credit: Reuters)

Hope and enthusiasm as Obama elected

Barack Obama's win on Tuesday night is being hailed as a historic win for many reasons - the record turnout, his victory in crucial swing states such as Iowa and his majority in Republican bastions, including Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

2008-11-06 10:29 TU

US presidential election

Obama supporters cheer his victory speech(Photo: Reuters)

A symbol of change ... but can he deliver?

"Change has come to America," Barack Obama told his supporters in his victory speech. He has become a symbol of hopes for an end to racial division in the US and a representative of a new political generation. The president-elect inherits economic crisis and unpopular foreign policies. So can Obama deliver?

2008-11-06 10:05 TU

US presidential election/international reactions

Villagers in Kogelo celebrate Barack Obama's victory.(Photo: Reuters)

Kenya declares Obama holiday

Barack Obama’s election victory is not only a success for African-Americans, but also for Africans in Kenya, where the president-elect's father was born. The country erupted in celebration at the news of Obama’s win, and Thursday was declared a national holiday.

2008-11-06 10:10 TU

Asia/US presidential election

Students in Pakistan celebrate Obama's victory(Credit: Reuters)

Getting out of Iraq, working with Pakistan and India ... Obama's Asian options

Barack Obama's promise to pull US troops out of Iraq earned him considerable support in the presidential election. During campaign debates he also said that he would launch military action inside Pakistan. Anlaysis and reactions from and about future US policy in Asia.

2008-11-06 10:06 TU

Afghanistan/US presidential election

US soldiers watch a television program on the election in Bagram airbase north of Kabul(Photo: Reuters)

Karzai calls for end to civilian casualties

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on US President-elect Barack Obama to end civilian casualties in fighting the Taliban, as his brother Wali Karzai claimed that foreign troops had killed several civilians in Kandahar province.

2008-11-06 10:07 TU

Middle East/US presidential election

Obama supporters in Jerusalem react to the results of the US presidential election(Credit: Reuters)

Palestinians call for policy change

Palestinians and Israelis alike are also looking to US President-elect Barack Obama, who will inherit the mediation of the Middle East peace crisis the when he assumes office in January.

2008-11-06 10:09 TU

Election news

US presidential election

A polling booth(Photo: Barbara Giudice)

Political halloween

On 31 October every year Americans celebrate Halloween, dressing up, trick-or-treating and having a party. This year the festival took a political turn. Photo-report by Barbara Giudice.

2008-11-05 09:57 TU

US presidential elections

McCain at a rally in Florida(Credit: Reuters)

McCain insists he will win

In the final stretch of the US election campaign before polling on 4 November, Democrat nominee Barack Obama retains the lead over Republican contender John McCain, according to pre-election polls. McCain is on a final whistlestop tour which takes in Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

2008-11-03 16:19 TU

US presidential election

 Barack Obama (Photo: Reuters)

Obama appeals to undecided in prime-time TV ad

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama appealed to American voters in an unprecedented 30-minute commercial on Wednesday. He promised tax cuts for the middle class and claimed that he can restore the American Dream.

2008-10-31 14:42 TU

United States

Paul Michael Schlesselman (l) and Daniel CowartPhoto: Reuters

Two racists arrested over plot to kill Obama

US authorities have arrested two white supremacists over plans to go on a killing spree of African-Americans, culminating in the assassination of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

2008-10-28 14:40 TU

US presidential election

Obama (c) with grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham in an undated photo(File photo: Reuters)

Obama halts campaign to visit sick grandma

Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama will take a break from campaigning on Thursday to spend a couple of days with his ailing 85-year-old grandmother in Hawai'i, just 11 days before the election.

2008-10-21 13:52 TU

US presidential election

Colin Powell à Sao Paulo, Brésil, le 5 octobre 2004.(Photo : AFP)

Obama wins Colin Powell's suppport

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for the US presidency. Meanwhile, the Democratic campaign yesterday announced that they had raised a record 150 million dollars in September.

2008-10-20 17:02 TU


Is Africa a priority in the US?

François Grignon, Africa director of the International Crisis Group


Communication strategy

Kathleen Hall Jameson of the Annenberg Policy Center


Election brings out conversations about race and diversity

Reverend Kimberly Jordan, John Fulton and Reverend Eugene Powermore of the Marble Collegiate Church.


AFL-CIO labour union backs Obama

Pat Eiding, president of the Philadelphia council of the AFL-CIO


Human rights and the war on terror

Moazim Begg, a former detainee at the Guananamo Bay prison                Manfred Novak, UN special rapporteur on torture


Are electronic voting machines reliable?

Rosemary Rodriguez, chair of the Election Assistance Committee, Professor Steven Freeman author of Were the 2004 elections stolen?