The US Congress has certified Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday night. Four people die in the capitol hill riot.
According to International media, Lawmakers resumed the session after police managed to remove the mob, which had been encouraged by President Trump in a bid to overturn his defeat.
The certification clears the way for Mr. Biden to be sworn in on 20 January.
In response, Mr. Trump finally pledged an “orderly transition” of power.
Democrat Joe Biden’s victory was confirmed in the early hours of Thursday by a joint session presided over by Vice-President Mike Pence, who said the violence had been a “dark day in the history of the United States Capitol”.
Wednesday’s chaotic scenes followed months of escalating rhetoric from Mr. Trump and some Republican allies that sought to undermine the result of the 3 November election.
The invasion of the Capitol by the president’s supporters – some armed – was an event without precedent in modern American history
Mr. Biden blasted the “insurrection” as Mr. Trump, while telling the mob to “go home”, and continued to make false claims of electoral fraud. The outgoing president’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were later frozen.
After objections by some Republican lawmakers to overturn the result in Arizona and Pennsylvania were rejected, Congress formally certified the final electoral college vote at about 03:30 local time, with Mr. Biden receiving 306 votes to Mr. Trump’s 232.
Shortly afterwards Mr. Trump 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.”
World leaders condemning pro-Trump supporters’ storming of the U.S. Capitol in a futile bid to stop members of Congress attempted from certifying the Electoral College ballots for President-elect Joe Biden.
According to the American Media, NPR, the UK ” Prime Minister Boris Johnson describe the situation as “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,”. “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, “Violence is incompatible with the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms.” He added, like many leaders, that he believes U.S. governing institutions are robust enough to withstand the assault.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned President Trump to accept the results of the U.S. election, saying, “Insurgent words turn into violent acts.” The spectacle transfixed people around the globe.