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Vice President and Senate Speaker Mike Pence formally confirmed Joe Biden as the next president of the United States on the night from Wednesday to Thursday (local time).

The electoral count was delayed hours due to Trump supporters storming the parliament building and objections from Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Normally, the count is just a formality, but a number of Republican MPs objected to the results in the swing states of Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Although these attempts would fail in advance, they did cause the necessary delay.

Pence said earlier that he would not assist the president in his attempt to have Congress sabotage the election results.

The vice president, as president of the Senate, delivered the final result in Congress.

Biden won 306 electoral votes, Trump got 232.

In the end, only six of the 100 senators supported the objection.

Some of the staunch senators who planned to object gave up after the storming of parliament.

The objection was also rejected by a large majority in the House of Representatives.

President-elect Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be inaugurated in Washington on January 20.

There are fears for a repeat of Wednesday's events.

Biden has a majority in both the upper and lower houses when he took office, after two Democratic senators won the senatorial elections in Georgia on Wednesday.

This will make it easier for him to implement policy.

Mike Pence receives the results from the individual states and reads them aloud in Congress according to procedure.

Mike Pence receives the results from the individual states and reads them aloud in Congress according to procedure.

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See also: How Washington turned into chaos because of Trump supporters

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