Philippines Congress proclaims Marcos as next president

Ferdinand Marcos Jr (R) poses with his certificate of proclamation as the country's president with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, as his mother and former first lady Imelda Marcos and Senator Imee Marcos-Manotoc look on at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, suburban Manila on May 25, 2022. - AFP

MANILA (Reuters): A joint session of Philippines Congress on Wednesday (May 25) declared Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the notorious late dictator, the winner of this month's election and confirmed he would become the country's next president.

The proclamation formalises the once unimaginable return to power of the country's most famous political dynasty, after a 1986 "people power" revolt drove the Marcos family into exile in Hawaii.

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