Congress certifies Joe Biden’s victory after deadly attack

Congress Holds Joint Session To Ratify 2020 Presidential Election
Congress certifies Biden win, hours after process interrupted by deadly chaos. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: The US Congress has certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, hours after President Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building in an attack that saw four people die.

Lawmakers resumed the session after police managed to remove the protesters, which had been encouraged by Mr Trump in a bid to overturn his defeat.

The certification clears the way for Mr Biden, a Democrat, to be sworn in on 20 January.

In response, President Trump pledged an “orderly transition” of power.

Joe Biden’s victory was confirmed in the early hours of Thursday by a joint session of the Congress presided over by Vice-President Mike Pence, who said today’s violence had been a “dark day in the history of the United States Capitol”.

Wednesday’s chaotic scenes in the Congress followed months of escalating rhetoric around the presidential election, and culminated with the invasion of the Capitol.

Joe Biden blasted the “insurrection” as Donald Trump, while telling the mob to “go home”, continued to make false claims of voter fraud. His Facebook and Twitter accounts were later frozen.

Joe Biden’s victory was certified after objections by some Republican lawmakers to overturn the election result in Pennsylvania and Arizona were rejected.

Shortly afterwards, the US President said in a statement: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless, there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”

Officials confirmed that one woman was shot by police, while three others died as a result of “medical emergencies”.

Muriel Bowser, Washington DC Mayor, said the woman was part of a group of individuals that forced entry into the House room, which was still in session.

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