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Joe Biden becomes 46th US President

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his spouse Jill Biden holds a bible on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington DC, January 20, 2021. (Reuters)
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his spouse Jill Biden holds a bible on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington DC, January 20, 2021. (Reuters)
President-elect Joe Biden arrives with his wife Jill Biden for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington DC, January 20, 2021. (Reuters)
President-elect Joe Biden arrives with his wife Jill Biden for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington DC, January 20, 2021. (Reuters)
Doug Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden wave as they arrive on the East Front of the US Capitol for the inauguration on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
Doug Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden wave as they arrive on the East Front of the US Capitol for the inauguration on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
Members of the U.S. Army Band
Members of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" looks on ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
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21 Jan 2021 02:01:44 GMT9
21 Jan 2021 02:01:44 GMT9

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  • Joe Biden sworn in as 46th President of the United States
  • Ceremony took place amid heightened tensions and a massive security operation

LONDON: Joe Biden has officially become the 46th president of the United States.

Biden took the oath of office just before noon Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The presidential oath was administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Biden was sworn in using a Bible that has been in his family since 1893 and was used during his swearing-in as vice president in 2009 and 2013.

History was made at Biden’s side, as Kamala Harris became the first woman to be vice president.

The ceremony in which presidential power is transferred is a hallowed American democratic tradition. And this time it serves as a jarring reminder of the challenges Biden faces: The inauguration unfolds at a US Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago, encircled by security forces. It’s devoid of crowds because of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

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