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Trump nonetheless has some believers – sturdy males, populists and authoritarians refuse to acknowledge Biden's victory

This article is part of Election 2020: America Votes, FP's 24/7 coverage of the US election results as they come in, with brief dispatches from correspondents and analysts from around the world. The America Votes page is free to all readers.

While most of the world's leaders have lined up to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden on winning the 2020 election, a handful of the world's strongest men stood out for their absence. From Russia to Latin America to China, some heads of state and government have so far held their tongues over the loss of President Donald Trump, a clear reminder of the friends he made along the way.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the first to congratulate Trump in 2016, the Kremlin announced on Monday that Russian leader would not recognize Biden as elected president until Trump's false legal challenges for the vote are resolved.

"We believe it is right to wait for the official results of the elections to be announced," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters for a call on Monday. After Putin was re-elected in 2018 in an election that opposition activists said was marred by irregularities, Trump was an adviser left an all-caps note in his briefing materials before calling his Russian counterpart: "NOT CONGRATULATIONS." He did it anyway.

Peskov's comments were echoed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday. Wang Wenbin acknowledged Biden's claim to victory, but added that Beijing will be watching that "US laws and procedures" are adopted after BBC. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been repeatedly praised by Trump, has not yet recognized the results of the US elections.

Meanwhile, the two largest countries in Latin America have to congratulate Biden. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of Trump's closest allies worldwide openly approved The US President last month has not yet congratulated either candidate, although he apparently distanced himself from the US President on Friday and called for "humility" and "humility" saying this Trump was "not the most important person in the world".

The first – and so far only – reference by the Bolsonaro government to the election results came from the officially responsible for promoting Afro-Brazilian culture that questioned The blackness of the elected Vice President Kamala Harris. (The official also argued that Bolsonaro, as well as Putin and Xi, rightly did not congratulate Biden afterwards vocation the victory of the Democrat "does not exist".)

In Mexico, populist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who refused to admit his own election loss in 2006, said he would not yet congratulate the elected president for waiting for legal issues to be resolved. His decision worried key Latin American observers in the United States, including Texan MP Joaquin Castro, who serves as vice-chairman of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee. "This is an amazing diplomatic failure … at a time when the new Biden administration is looking to usher in a new era of friendship and cooperation with Mexico," said Castro, a Mexican-American. said.

Only one leader, populist Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, congratulated Trump on Wednesday, long before the Associated Press and television stations scheduled the Saturday race. Since then he has doubled, Retweeting conspiracy theories and Fox News clips leading to allegations of fraud.

In Estonia, the country's far-right interior minister Mart Helme announced his resignation on Monday after making a series of unfounded comments in a radio interview over the weekend claiming the elections had been rigged and Trump would eventually be declared the winner. Helmes son Martin, who also acts as finance minister also claimed that the elections were rigged but the younger Helmets did not resign.

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