Ambassador Lynch says U.S. Capitol riot strayed from democratic values

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U.S. Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch

…like Trump, assures “orderly transition” will take place on January 20th

United States (U.S.) Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch has acknowledged that the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday does not represent democratic values and has assured the public that stability had been restored for an “orderly transition to a new administration”.

As the U.S. Congress held a joint session on Wednesday to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s win over President Donald Trump, a roaring crowd of Trump supporters stormed the House Chamber claiming he had won the election. As a result, one woman was shot and killed on Capitol Grounds, and several Offices were vandalized.

Taking to U.S. Embassy of Guyana’s Facebook page on Thursday, Lynch stated: “I am deeply shocked and saddened by the events which took place at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Lawlessness and rioting are always unacceptable, and do not represent the values of the United States as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. There is a role for peaceful protests to hold leaders to account, but that is not what we saw yesterday. Despite the chaos, our democratic institutions remain robust. Those responsible will be held accountable and the democratic process will continue. Our nation will have an orderly transition to a new administration on January 20th.”

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Lynch applauded the nation’s legislative representatives who performed their duties to protect and defend democracy and stated further that she is heartened by notes from allies and partners around the world about their faith in the strength of U.S. democracy.

On the day of the riot, numerous world leader shared their reactions. Biden called for the “extremists dedicated to lawlessness” to cease as what the U.S. represents was in danger. President Trump also called on the rioters to “remain peaceful” and to “respect the law” of the nation.

Congress has since confirmed Biden as the election winner. Lynch’s statement is similar to that of President Trump who posted to Twitter via an aide – given that his account has been locked — : “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.”



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