While many countries have shown a predilection for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has pockets of support, as Guardian journalists around the world explain


Russia has played an unexpectedly prominent role in this years US election, although the extent of the Kremlins involvement in hacking Democratic servers and the WikiLeaks disclosures will probably never be known.

What is clear is that Moscow has enjoyed constructing trouble. Vladimir Putin has a personal disfavour of Hillary Clinton going back to her day as secretary of state, while Trump fits perfectly into the mould of chaos candidates that Russia has supported in other western countries.

It would take a conspiracy theorist to believe Trump is actually a Kremlin stooge rather than simply a useful moronic, and some in Russia believed a Trump presidency was likely to have more potential for conflict than a Clinton one.

Under Clinton, relations would be unlikely to be rosy but would probably stay within a long-established paradigm of mutual distrust and restriction cooperation on certain issues.

US politics tends to be portrayed as driven by geopolitical interests rather than personalities, and so most ordinary Russians expressed the view that little will change, whoever wins. Still, the warm terms about Putin from Trump, and the slightly more positive tone of television coverage relating to the real estate tycoon, have both left their mark. A poll over the summer found that 22% of Russians had a positive opinion of Trump, compared with just 8% for Clinton.

Shaun Walker in Moscow


Mexicans watch the presidential candidates debate on television in Mexico City. Photograph: Alfredo Estrella/ AFP/ Getty Images

Trumps rise has stirred more unease and outrage in Mexico than perhaps any other country. He launched his campaign by describing Mexican migrants as rapists and robbers and promised to build a border wall, with Mexico paying.

Trumps wall and his pledges to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta, and slap tariffs on Mexican-made products have also caused preoccupation in business circles, which over the past 25 years have bet on closer US relations.

Mexicans have responded by taunting Trump with memes, satirizing him with piatas and burning him in effigy, but ironically presidential candidates may have conceded the position of most-hated political figure to Mexicos own president. Enrique Pea Nieto was widely rebuked for sharing a platform with Trump at the presidential palace in August and failing to challenge his anti-Mexican comments.

Meanwhile, Trump has frequently been compared to Mexicos own perennial outsider, Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, a leftwing populist who has twice refused to accept election results which went against him.

Other parts of Trumps discourse sound eerily familiar to Mexicans, such as his guaranteed to lock up his foe.

Some have even mused that Trump has finally cracked the idea that the US is a model for Mexico. Ive never felt so third world as when I ensure the gringos in crisis because things could happen there that already happened here, tweeted Esteban Illades, editor of the Mexican magazine Nexos.

David Agren in Mexico City


In Tehran, one thing is certain: no matter which candidate wins the US presidential race, Iran will face a tougher day ahead. Even Hillary Clinton seen in Tehran as the lesser of two evils has consistently been more hawkish on Iran than Barack Obama.

But Iranians have been amused by the bitter rivalry been Clinton and Trump and in an unprecedented move, state TV broadcast the last presidential debate.

Trumps talk of election-rigging gave hardliners a sense of schadenfreude, reminding them of Washingtons the allegations that Irans 2009 election was rigged. Meanwhile, the tycoons toxic rhetoric and use of the media remind many of their own former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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