UPDATED: January 7, 2021 | 14:50 IST
US Congress on Thursday (IST) certified a total of 306 electoral college votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, thus confirming enough votes to declare him the winner in the US election over Donald Trump. The Republican leader on the other hand finally conceded and agreed to enable an “orderly transition”.
This comes hours after a massive group of thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and rioted through the assembly in a bid to overturn the results.
Democrat Joe Biden is now cleared to be sworn in as the US president on January 20 as Vice President Mike Pence declared on Thursday that Congress had confirmed the Electoral College tally of states’ results showing Biden the winner in the US election.
As the Congress confirmed Biden’s win, Donald Trump said there will be an orderly transition when the Democrat leader takes office as president in less than two weeks.
“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,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter by White House spokesman Dan Scavino.
Trump has been vehemently opposing the US election result while also alleging voter fraud. He had so far refused to cooperate to enable a smooth transition to the Biden administration.
As the US Congress convened to certify Joe Biden’s electoral college votes to ensure his victory, thousands of Trump supporters marched to the US Capitol, storming the building with Republican flags and vandalizing property.
Four people died as the protesters clashed with the police and rampaged through the corridors of the US Capitol. One woman was killed in police firing while three others died due to medical emergencies.
After over three hours of rioting, houses of Congress resumed their work on certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, with debate stretching on for several hours. After debate, the House and Senate rejected two objections to the tally and certified the final Electoral College vote with Biden receiving 306 votes and Trump 232 votes.