Former U.S. President George Bush congratulates President-elect Joe Biden

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the funeral of late U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives, at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush, a Republican, said on Sunday he has spoken to President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, to congratulate him on his victory.

In a statement, Bush said Americans can have confidence the U.S. election was “fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.”

He added President Donald Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges.

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