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Bahrainis hope for new peace push.

Manama: "Now we can again think of the US as the land of hope and dreams!"

Flashing a large smile, Lateef Yousuf looked particularly elated, fleeting seconds after he heard that Barack Obama would be the next president of the US.

"The US was engaged in too many wars and made the whole world uneasy because of the talks about terror and violence. I hope that that era is finally over and that people can look forward to the US as the country that inspires hope, not fear, dreams and not nightmares," said Lateef, an Indian citizen, who has lived in Bahrain for the last 16 years.

'Break with past'

Public relations officer Abdullah Nizar welcomed the election of Obama as "a much-needed potential break with eight years of antagonism between the US and the rest of the world".

However, Adel Marzouq, a journalist, said he had preferred John McCain to defeat Obama.

"At least, McCain is clear in his convictions. I have often listened to Obama, and his enthusiasm does not sound genuine or realistic enough."

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