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Donald Trump winning US presidency named among top 10 risks facing the world

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 4:50 PM
In this March 14 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.

Donald Trump winning the US presidency has been named among the top 10 risks facing the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The EIU is a UK-based research firm which provides country, risk and industry analysis across 200 countries worldwide.

The EIU ranking uses a scale of one to 25, and Trump garnering a rating of 12, the same level of risk as "the rising threat of jihadi terrorism destabilising the global economy".

In its description of Trump the firm describes Trump as one who has "given very few details of his policies - and these tend to be prone to constant revision"

The EIU says "in the event of a Trump victory, his hostile attitude to free trade, and alienation of Mexico and China in particular, could escalate rapidly into a trade war."

It also says Trump's "militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East (and ban on all Muslim travel to the US) would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond."

However, the EIU makes it clear that although it sees trump as a major global threat, it doesn't expect him to beat his main Democratic rival Hilary Clinton.

Billionaire Donald Trump is the Republican Party's candidate vying for the US presidency which ends in November.

He has caused a few controversies since he started campaigning including his branding of Mexicans as "criminals" and "rapists", forcing some Spanish-speaking countries to withdraw from the Miss Universe beauty pageant he previously owned.

Trump also called for a ban on all Muslims entering the US, a statement which triggered an online petition in the UK calling on the country to place a ban on Trump.

The British parliament also held a debate over whether to ban Trump, however, no practical decision was taken afterwards.