US Congress confirms Biden’s win, Trump acknowledges the end of his term

There will be an orderly transition of power on 20 January

The US Congress finalized President-elect Joe Biden's election win on Thursday morning after a fraught and tumultuous day in which rioters stormed the Capitol, news wires reported. The House and Senate both rejected Republican objections to the Electoral College count – one focused on Arizona's votes and a second on Pennsylvania's. Few minutes after, Donald Trump acknowledged the end of his first term as president saying there would be an "orderly transition of power" on 20 January.

Trump's statement was shared through the Twitter account of senior aide Dan Scavino's. Facebook and Twitter temporarily suspended Trump out of his account after he posted about a pro-Trump mob that overran the Capitol on Wednesday.

The House and Senate votes to quash the objections came after intense debates in the two chambers over the strength of American democracy – and after many hours of chaos at the Capitol, during which lawmakers were sequestered in secure locations while police tried to regain control of the building. In the wake of the riot, several Republicans dropped their planned bids to block the formal recognition of Biden's electoral victory, saying the violence made them reconsider.

There was bipartisan condemnation for the rioters who disrupted the proceedings on Wednesday afternoon.

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