US ELECTING THE 44TH PRESIDENT
The world will focus attention on the US today: voters will give
their verdict and pick the 44th US President.
The US presidential rivals, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John
McCain, have spent a hectic final day of campaigning criss-crossing
the country in a last push for votes in key states.
Republican John McCain, trailing in opinion polls, started early
in Florida and was to finish in Arizona. He urged his supporters to
fight on to victory.
Democrat Barack Obama, at his last campaign rally in Virginia, told
voters he had one word for them: "Tomorrow."
In a symbolic opening to election day on the US east coast, Mr. Obama
defeated his rival by 15 votes to six in the hamlet of Dixville Notch,
The town, which has a 60-year tradition of being first in the nation
to vote, opened its polls at midnight, with turnout of 100%. George
W Bush won there in 2004, on his way to re-election.
Just a few days left to the election day the Obama-Biden campaign
reaffirmed its commitment to Armenian Genocide recognition. A statement
titled "Barack Obama: Supporting U.S.-Armenia Relations" affirms that
"The Armenian Genocide, carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to
1923, resulted in the deportation of nearly 2 million Armenians, and
approximately 1.5 million of those deported were killed. Barack Obama
believes we must recognize this tragic reality and strongly supports
a U.S.-Armenian relationship that advances our common security and
strengthens Armenian democracy." The statement goes on to note "Barack
Obama strongly supports passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution
(H.Res.106 and S.Res.106) and will recognize the Armenian Genocide."