The United States Congress has formally certified Joe Biden as the next President and Kamala Harris as Vice President of the country.

The electoral votes were approved after both the Senate and the House of Representatives rejected objections to the votes in the states of Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Vice-President Mike Pence, who as president of the Senate oversaw the certification process, confirmed to Congress that, of the 538 electoral college votes cast, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris received 306 and Donald Trump and Mike Pence received 232 - mirroring the results of November's election.

The certification clears the way for Mr Biden to be sworn in on 20 January. In response, Mr Trump pledged an "orderly transition" of power.

Earlier, four people died and 52 were arrested, Washington D.C.’s police chief said, after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

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