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A Bumpy Road to the US Elections: Trump and Hilary face-off likely

02:35 PM | 27 Feb, 2016
A Bumpy Road to the US Elections: Trump and Hilary face-off likely
As the 58th presidential elections come ever closer, the see-saw battle of the US nomination for the presidential candidate race is heating up. With the game of thrones continuing in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan and hundred of innocent perishing in the quest for power, the world longs for a leader that can lead through these turbulent times. Putin and Trump already exchanging pleasantries, republicans trashing the Iran Deal, democrats opposing the Syrian regime, the main players already seem to have taken sides. Moreover, with the refugee crises set to worsen and a general slump in the world economy, the role of upcoming US President becomes ever more important whenever he/she takes the office.

With the political players going head to head in debates in key states the general trend of public opinion shows a clear affinity toward their preferred candidate. Widely considered as an outsider in the political arena a mere 6 months ago, Trump has defied all pundits and is now leading the polls for the republican’s nomination. His knack for staying in the news with his extreme and often obnoxious narrative such as the 21 billion dollar wall against the Mexican border to banning Muslims from entering the US, Trump has stumped his opponents who seem to be in disarray and are running for cover.

As Jeb Bush bids farewell to the candidacy and the over enthusiastic Ted Cruz, with his inconsistent immigration policies coupled with the absurd economic rhetoric of Marco Rubio, both struggling in poll numbers; it seems like easy sailing for Mr. Trump at least for now. With victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina, history seems to be on Trumps side as no republican candidate has ever lost the nomination after winning these states.

On the other hand, there seem to be saner heads, at least on paper, in democratic circles as Hilary and Sanders battle out for the nomination. Bernie Sanders increasing wave of popularity amongst youth can be compared with Imran Khan’s early days. His anti-establishment and Wall Street stance seem to strike a chord with the young voters. However like Mr. Khan, Sanders might well be the best president that the US will never have as he is pinned against a seasoned campaigner Hilary Clinton who seems in no mood to give any concessions as she has been down this road before and has enough political acumen to edge out sanders for the final cut.

More than a dozen states are scheduled to hold primaries on Super Tuesday, and Trump's thumping double-digit win in Nevada, the writing may well be on the wall for other candidates as Trump’s odd of winning the nomination soared to 68 % according to the ‘CNN political prediction market.’ A strong performance on Tuesday in the southern swath of states by Clinton and Trump could help them clinch the nomination by mid March.

Author is an avid follower of International relations and politics. He has a master’s degree from Kiev and Shanghai and is currently based in the UAE. You can reach him at Rameezmela@gmail.com

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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