The Elders, a group of prominent former world leaders founded by late former South African president Nelson Mandela and now chaired by former Irish President Mary Robinson, voiced concern on Thursday at US President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede electoral defeat, saying it showed disrespect for the integrity of American democracy. The group, which has previously commented on “volatile and undemocratic situations in states such as Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe” warned that “those who stand to benefit from the current impasse are autocratic rulers and malign actors who wish to undermine democracy and the rule of law across the world”.