US lawmakers certify Joe Biden election victory
By Abiodun Ogundairo
07 January 2021 | 9:52 am
After a dramatic day of violence at the US Capitol, the House of Representatives and the Senate have confirmed Joe Biden's presidential victory. The process is normally a quick formality.
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