Joe Biden becomes 46th president of US

Joe Biden becomes 46th president of US

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Joe Biden took the oath of office at an inauguration defined by unprecedented security and COVID-19 precautions.

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  • President-elect Joe Biden has been sworn in as the the 46th president of the United States.
  • Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has been sworn in as vice president, becoming the first woman, and person of colour, to serve as the US government’s second in command.
  • President Donald Trump has left the White House for the last time in his term, which ends at 12pm ET(17 GMT), and will become the first president in over 150 years not to attend successor’s inauguration.
  • The inauguration crowd size will be extremely limited as the capital, Washington, DC, has been under lockdown due to security fears prompted by the deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6.
  • Trump was impeached for “incitement to insurrection” for his role in the Capitol mayhem, becoming the first president in US history to be impeached twice.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s live coverage of inauguration day. This is Tamila Varshalomidze and Joseph Stepansky.

Biden tweets for first time as president

Shortly after delivering his inaugural address, the @POTUS twitter account sent its first tweet from Joe Biden.

“There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families,” the tweet reads

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