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US congress certifies Joe Biden as United States president

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US congress has certified Joe Biden’s election victory, as he formally becomes the 46th president of the United States early on Thursday hours.

US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater on January 6, 2021, in Wilmington, Delaware. – US Vice President Mike Pence, in defiance of President Donald Trump, said Wednesday that he will not intervene to stop the certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

US Vice-President, Mike Pence started the resumed session on Wednesday evening, in which lawmakers counted and confirmed electoral votes, saying it had been a “dark day in the history of the United States Capitol”.

Some Republican lawmakers’ objections to overturn the result in Arizona and Pennsylvania were rejected.

The session certified Mr Biden’s 306 votes to Mr Trump’s 232.

When supporters of President Donald Trump protesting the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential win made their way on Wednesday to the Senate floor after clashing with police and breaching the Capitol building, Senators were debating an objection to Arizona’s election results.

After lawmakers later returned to the Capitol to continue counting the votes, a total of seven senators sustained their objection to certifying Pennsylvania’s votes in the Senate with a 92-7 vote.

While the House of Representatives voted 282-138 to reject objections against Pennsylvania’s certification, it also voted 303-121 to reject the Senate’s 93-6 objection against Arizona’s electoral votes.

No US Senator has joined the House Republicans’ objections against Wisconsin’s electoral votes, which ended any further debate for GOP lawmakers planning to challenge the results of the 2020 Presidential vote.

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