Most world leaders express hope, relief after Biden win

  • A member of the Madame Tussauds studios team places a set of golf clubs next to a wax figure of US President Donald Trump which has been re-dressed in golf wear following the 2020 US presidential election, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Joe Biden was elected Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 as the 46th president of the United States, defeating President Donald Trump in an election that played out against the backdrop of a pandemic, its economic fallout and a national reckoning on racism. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

World leaders swiftly congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his victory Saturday, cheering it as an opportunity to fortify global democracy and celebrating the significance of Americans having their first woman vice president.