New US Congress set to certify election results

A new Congress has convened in the United States. Its members are scheduled to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election later this week while President Donald Trump continues to make allegations of voter fraud.

Lawmakers including those elected in the November elections were sworn into office on Sunday. Democrat Nancy Pelosi was reelected as the speaker of the House of Representatives.

The House and Senate will convene a joint session on Wednesday to finally confirm Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

But President Trump is intensifying calls on Republican lawmakers to challenge the results of the election. US media outlets say at least 140 House and 11 Senate members are expected to side with Trump.

The results are widely seen as unlikely to be overturned because Democrats hold a majority in the House, and leading Senate Republicans have also accepted Biden as the winner.

Trump is urging supporters around the country on Twitter and by other means to gather for a large protest rally in Washington on Wednesday.