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Pennsylvania victory earns Biden US presidency

NEW YORK: Former US Vice President Joseph Biden is all set to take oath as 46th President of the United States after getting 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania.

Biden, who swept into the lead in the state of Pennsylvania earlier on Friday, said:

“We don’t have a final declaration of victory yet, but the numbers tell us a clear and convincing story: we’re going to win this race,” Biden said to a socially distanced group of supporters gathered in vehicles in a parking area in Wilmington, Delaware, predicting that he’d wind up with “over 300 electoral votes,” when 270 votes are required to law claims on the White House.

In his remarks, Biden also claimed a “mandate for action” to begin work on issues that included the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, climate change and systemic racism.

Biden’s appeal to let the process play out contrasted with that of Trump, who took the lectern in the White House briefing room on Thursday to falsely claim that the election was riddled with fraud, as part of an elaborate coast-to-coast conspiracy by Democrats, the news media and Silicon Valley to deny him a second term.

As the number of outstanding ballots slowly dwindled, Trump was left increasingly with only legal challenges to forestall defeat, while Biden was betting on the steady accumulation of postal ballots to keep him on top in Pennsylvania.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.