Wed | Jan 20, 2021

CARICOM hoping for peaceful transfer of power in US

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 1:38 PM
CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley - Contributed photo.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr Keith Rowley, says the regional body is “deeply saddened and concerned" at the unprecedented scenes that unfolded at the Capitol Building in Washington DC during the certification of the votes of the presidential elections by the US Congress.

In a statement on Thursday, Rowley, who is the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said that the storming of the US Congress was “a gross affront to democracy and the rule of law in a country which has been viewed as a leading light of representative governance the world over.”

He added that “CARICOM looks forward to the restoration of order and the continuation of the process of transfer of power in a peaceful manner.”

Meanwhile, Jamaica also expressed concern following the incident.

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, in a post on social media, said the Andrew Holness-led administration is deeply concerned over “developments in Washington” which saw the storming of the US Capitol.

“We note with deep concern today’s developments in Washington DC,” Johnson Smith tweeted.

“We continue to follow the events and trust that there will be a prompt return to normalcy in this important neighbour and #democracy in the Western Hemisphere.”

The US Capitol was locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police

During the unrest, four people were killed and over 50 arrested.

In the aftermath of the unrest – early Thursday, President Donald Trump promised that the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden would be orderly while vowing to continue to fight to better America.

“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. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” Trump said in a statement.

Congress certified Biden as president-elect around 3:45 Thursday morning.

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