Georgia confirms Joe Biden victory after vote recount

Joe Biden on November 19 at his press conference in Wilmington, Delaware.

US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday, November 19 denounced the“Incredible irresponsibility” of Donald Trump, who still refuses to accept his defeat in the November 3 election. The current tenant of the White House denounces, without the slightest tangible proof, massive fraud in several states and has launched a judicial guerrilla war led, in extreme confusion, by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“I think (Americans) are witnessing incredible irresponsibility, unbelievably damaging messages sent to the rest of the world about how democracy works”, said Mr. Biden from his stronghold of Wilmington, Delaware, where he is preparing the transition, which Donald Trump refuses to initiate. “It is difficult to understand how this man reasons”, he continued. “I am convinced that he knows he lost and that I will be sworn in on January 20. What he is doing is simply scandalous ”.

Georgia, the heart of the battle

Nationally, Joe Biden won nearly 80 million votes in the November 3 ballot, compared to just under 74 million for the Republican billionaire. But in the United States, the White House is played out through a system of elected voters in each state, and the Democrat’s victory is short in a handful of them.

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The recount of the ballots for the US presidential election in the state of Georgia at the same time reinforced the victory of Joe Biden, announced Thursday the local authorities. The initial count only gave the Democrat some 14,000 votes ahead of rival Donald Trump, a gap so narrow that a hand recount took place. The gap has narrowed slightly, now just over 12,200 votes ahead for Joe Biden.

The difference between the two candidates is still very thin, President Donald Trump, who disputes his defeat, can however request a new recount, said a statement from the office of the Secretary of State of Georgia, in charge of the organization of the elections. .

No national confinement

Separately, the president-elect confirmed on Thursday that he would not impose “National confinement” despite the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States in recent weeks. “No circumstance could justify in my eyes a total national confinement. I think it would be counterproductive ”, the Democrat said at his press conference.

“I won’t stop the economy, period. I will stop the virus ”, he launched, assuring that he would follow the recommendations of scientists once installed in the White House on January 20. “I repeat, no national confinement”, he insisted. “Because each region, each community, can be different”. Joe Biden has made the fight against the pandemic the number one priority of his start in office.

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He has already appointed the members of his crisis unit brought to coordinate this fight, and again said Thursday that wearing a mask was not “Not a political posture”. More than 250,000 deaths have been attributed to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in the United States, the country most bereaved in the world by the disease.

The World with AFP


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