Joe Biden becomes 46th US President, Kamala Harris scripts history as first female US Vice-President


    Joe Biden becomes 46th US President: Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris took oath as first woman US Vice President on Wednesday in a historic but scaled-down ceremony.

    The event took place under the unprecedented security umbrella of thousands of security personnel, who transformed the Capitol into a fortress to prevent any breach by pro-Donald Trump extremists.

    “Today, we celebrate triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, the cause of democracy. People and will of the people have been heard. We have learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” US President Joe Biden said.

    Around 1,000 people attended the swearing-in ceremony, including Supreme Court justices and members of Congress, who were limited to just one guest each due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden enters the White House with the top challenge to lift the country from the devastation of a raging pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans and thrown millions into economic distress. The revival of the economy, which has been badly bruised by the pandemic, is another challenge that he faces.

    However, to overcome these challenges and to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words and requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy, unity, he added.

    “Uniting to fight the foes we face. Anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness. With unity we can do great things, important things,” he added.

    In his speech, President Joe Biden thanked his predecessors from both parties in his inauguration remarks to the nation, including those who couldn’t be present.

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