Republican Donald Trump has shocked the world by defeating Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the US on a new, uncertain path. He will become the 45th President of the US on 20 January 2017.

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Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York CityChip Somodevilla/ Getty Images
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Supporters celebrate as returns come in for Donald Trump during an election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkMike Segar/ Reuters
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Vice president-elect Mike Pence speaks to supporters at Republican president-elect Donald Trump's election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours in New York CityMark Wilson/ Getty Images

Pledging to be a president "for all Americans", the wealthy real-estate developer and former reality TV host addressed thousands of supporters at his victory party in New York City, asking that the nation come together, and promised to "represent every citizen of our land". He declared that this was a "time for America to bind the wounds of division" and "time for us to come together as one". He added that "America will no longer settle for anything but the best" and said that the nation will "dream big and bold and daring". Trump told the crowd that he had received a phone call from Clinton, who had congratulated him on his win. Trump went on to say that he too had "congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign". Hillary Clinton came closer than any other woman to winning US presidency.

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People celebrate during the call for Republican president-elect Donald Trump at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York CityMark Wilson/ Getty Images
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Republican president-elect Donald Trump embraces his wife Melania during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York CityJoe Raedle/ Getty Images
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Republican president-elect Donald Trump along with his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway acknowledge the crowd during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours in New York CityMark Wilson/ Getty Images
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Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York CityMark Wilson/ Getty Images

Fox News Channel reported early on Wednesday morning (9 November) that the Republican had won the US presidency, capturing at least 277 Electoral College votes. The presidency will be Trump's first elected office, and it remains to be seen how he will work with Congress. During the campaign Trump was the target of sharp disapproval, not just from Democrats but from many in his own party. Americans watched the election coverage in their homes, bars and in the streets, in what has been the most unpredictable US election in American history. IBTimesUK presents the best photos from the election night that stunned the world:

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Supporters of Donald Trump rally in front of the White House in WashingtonJoshua Roberts/ Reuters
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A supporter celebrates as returns come in for Donald Trump during an election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkMike Segar/ Reuters
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A supporter celebrates as returns come in for Donald Trump during an election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkMike Segar/ Reuters
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Donald Trump supporters climb a tree while celebrating in front of The White House while waiting for 2016 election return updates in WashingtonZach Gibson/ Getty Images
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Donald Trump supporters cheer as US presidential election results are announced during a Republican watch party in Phoenix, ArizonaNancy Wiechec/ Reuters
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A man checks out a Trump cake ahead of the rally for Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York CityAndrew Kelly/ Reuters
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A woman reacts as Donald Trump wins Georgia in the presidental election outside Times Square in New York CityMichael Reeves/ Getty Images
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Donald Trump supporters celebrate in front of The White House while waiting for 2016 election return updates in WashingtonZach Gibson/ Getty Images
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People gather in Times Square as they await the results of the presidential election in New York CityMichael Reeves/ Getty Images
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Supporters of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkLucy Nicholson/ Reuters
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Supporters of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkLucas Jackson/ Reuters
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Supporters of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkShannon Stapleton/ Reuters
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A supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches and waits at her election night rally in New YorkCarlos Barria/ Reuters
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Supporter of Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watch results at her election night rally the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New YorkCarlos Barria/ Reuters
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Supporters of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkLucas Jackson/ Reuters
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A woman reacts to the voting results at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York CityWin McNamee/ Getty Images
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A supporter of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watches results at her election night rally in Manhattan, New YorkLucas Jackson/ Reuters
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Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is projected on a screen on election night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York CityDrew Angerer/ Getty Images
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A man looks on after Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't appear on election night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York CityDrew Angerer/ Getty Images
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Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton watch and wait at her election night rally in New YorkCarlos Barria/ Reuters