Following the riots by supporters of Donald Trump in the US Capitol, the US Congress has certified the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the November 3 election, international media reported.

On the other hand, US President Trump, despite remaining intact on his claim of  “election fraud”, has said the transfer of power on January 20 would be ‘orderly.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the US House of Representatives and Senate had met in a rare joint session to begin considering the certification of Electoral College results, that show Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump. It quickly became clear that objections from pro-Trump Republican lawmakers to Biden’s victory in battleground states would be rejected overwhelmingly, including by most Republicans.

“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today – you did not win,” Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the session, was quoted saying this in the report, as it resumed. “Let’s get back to work,” he said, drawing applause.

On Wednesday, at least four people have died and several others injured after thousands of angry “supporters of President Donald Trump” stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police on Wednesday, international media reported.

According to reports, the protesters targeted a constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Many of the president’s supporters called for their votes to be counted, demanding that the election results, already certified by the US Electoral College in favour of President-elect Joe Biden, be overturned.

President Trump, who earlier encouraged his supporters to head to the Capitol, urged them to abide by the law and go back home after the violent clash. “This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home,” Trump said in a video message posted on Twitter.

Reacting to the developments, President-elect Biden said he was shocked and sad to see the US has “come to such a dark moment”.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington DC. Meanwhile, the police have said at least 52 people have been arrested in this regard.

After blocking at Twitter and Facebook, social media platform Instagram has also blocked US President Donald Trump from posting on their platforms. “We are locking President Donald Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well,” reports quoted Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, as having said.

 

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump ally, said in a statement on Twitter that Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected. “I prayed Joe Biden would lose. He won. He’s the legitimate president of the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States on January 20th,” he tweeted.

 

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