Following their takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans have vowed to use their new power to roll back some of the key accomplishments of U.S. President Barack Obama, according to Reuters.

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is poised to become the next speaker of the House, said the election results showed that U.S. citizens “want a smaller, less costly and more accountable government.” Meanwhile, Obama had said the midterm election results gave him a “shellacking” and told reporters it would be hard to find the solutions sought by the frustrated American public.

The U.S. midterm elections, held Nov. 2, were closely watched by leaders and experts in several world capitals. Concerns were rife over how the new Republican-led House and diminished Democratic majority in the Senate will affect the U.S.’s stance on leading international issues. A China-based expert noted that Obama might soften his policy on China as he deals with more Republicans in Congress. Meanwhile, experts in Moscow said Republicans might use their increased clout to push for significant concessions in the pending START Treaty, which limits the use of nuclear arms.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.