The United States Congress has certified Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. The decision came hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC. The incident left four people dead. A state of emergency has been declared for 15 days in the US Capital.
Joe Biden’s victory was confirmed in the early hours of Thursday by a joint session presided over by Vice-President Mike Pence. He termed the violence as a “dark day in the history of the United States Capitol”. The objections by some Republican lawmakers to overturn the result in Arizona and Pennsylvania was rejected as well. The exercise cleared the decks for Joe Biden to be sworn in on 20 January.
In response, Trump pledged an “orderly transition” of power. However, it has been a transition of power marked by violence in which four people died after supporters of Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. The clashes followed a two month long war of words between Democrats and Republicans on the election results.
Joe Biden blasted what he called the “insurrection” as Mr Trump, while telling the mob to “go home”, continued to make false claims of electoral fraud. The rampage came as two Democrats won Senate seats in elections in Georgia, which shifted the balance of power in favour of Democrats and paving the way for Joe Biden to be sworn in as the next President of the United States on 20th January.