US election certification: Unprecedented bid to overturn presidential result

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

Is it all just a bit of political theatre by Trump loyalists or is it a coup attempt? Join us for a special edition as we cover what has up until now always been a ceremonial formality: the US Congress' certification of the presidential winner. Some Republicans are vowing to contest Joe Biden's victory. That triggers a recess of the joint session, with senators and congressmen then going to their respective chambers to debate before reconvening.

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We do not know how long it will last, nor whether Vice President Mike Pence, who is also president of the Senate, will bend to pressure from Donald Trump to somehow try to intervene.

And what will be the effect of the outgoing president showing up at a "stop the steal" rally in the US capital earlier when there is no fact-based evidence of mass fraud at the polls?

It certainly did not convince voters in Georgia, who in a Senate runoff look likely to unseat both Republican incumbents. So is it just a bit of bravado or will there be lasting consequences for democracy in the world's most powerful nation?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.

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