Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, appears to have called the election in favour of Joe Biden – even though votes are still being counted.
The Pacific nation’s leader tweeted his congratulations, and said he hoped the Democrat would play a part in saving the planet from the climate emergency.
— Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) November 7, 2020
Fiji produces less than 1% of the globe’s carbon emissions, yet rising sea levels, coastal erosion and intense storm surges are having a dramatic effect on the country.
Under Donald Trump, the US became the first nation in the world to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
The Paris deal was drafted in 2015 to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.
Biden has said he would seek to re-join as soon as possible, if elected president.
Bainimarama’s tweet comes after Slovenia’s PM Janez Jansa took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate Trump for winning the election. Twitter put a warning on Jansa’s tweet, saying: “Official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted.”
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