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Trump promises orderly handover after night of violence at US Capitol

(Update: releads with Trump remarks)

Washington, Jan 7 (efe-epa).- United States president Donald Trump on Thursday promised an “orderly transition” of power to president-elect Joe Biden, while repeating unfounded claims that the election was fraudulent.

The outgoing president’s first public concession that he will only serve one term comes after a mob of pro-Trump supporters violently stormed the US Capitol building during a joint session of Congress to certify the electoral college votes and rubberstamp Biden’s win.

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement published on the Twitter account of his advisor, Dan Scavino.

Twitter blocked Trump’s account after he posted a video message in which he told his supporters who were attacking the Capitol building that “we love you”.

“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” he continued.

“While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!,” he concluded, repeating his MAGA campaign slogan.

During a speech to supporters on the National Mall on Wednesday afternoon, Trump had said he “would never concede”, and urged the crowd to march the US Capitol.

He has been widely criticized by Democrats, Republicans and foreign leaders for inciting violence and attempting to upend the electoral process.

The announcement of his acceptance that he will only serve one term came moments after Biden’s victory had been formally certified by the US Senate.

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