The will of the people as freely expressed in elections must be respected, Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said in the light of the siege of the Capitol Hill in Washington.
“Watching with disbelief events unfolding in #WashingtonDC. It is a fundamental axiom of #Democracy that the will of the people, as freely expressed in an election, must be respected,” Christosoulides wrote on his Twitter account.
Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' victory early on Thursday, the end of a long day and night marked by chaos and violence in Washington.
Extremists emboldened by outgoing President Trump sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power by staging a violent insurrection inside the US Capitol.
Cypriot Government Spokesman Kyriacos Koushos also weighed in, describing the developments in the US capital as “unacceptable actions against democracy.”
Koushos posted on Twitter that “what we are watching in the US are unacceptable actions against democracy.”
“Respect in the laws and in the majority constitute basic principles of democracy,” he added.