US Presidential Inauguration 2021: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris to swear in today

By Gitanjali Mangal -- January 20, 2021 2:11 pm -- Updated:January 20, 2021 2:24 pm

US President-elect Joe Biden and First female Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris are set to have their swearing today. It will mark an end to the Trump presidency.

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The inauguration ceremony will take place on the West Front of the US Capitol building that was vandalized by pro-Trump supporters earlier this month.

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The Swearing-in Ceremony will be hosted by award-winning American entertainer Keke Palmer with prominent names such as Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks.
First Lady-elect Jill Biden and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Doris Kearns Goodwin are also expected to address the event. Only about 1,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration including members of Congress.

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Joe Biden has pledged to shape up America's coronavirus response in his first 100 days in office. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris resigned from her Senate seat and will return to the upper chamber of the United States Congress as speaker following the swearing-in.

A candidate should have at least 270 out of 538 Electoral College votes to win the presidency. Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential election by securing 306 Electoral College votes against Trump's 232.

A curated live stream organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is expected to begin around 8.30 pm (Indian Standard Time) [10 am Eastern Standard Time].

The Inaugural Ceremonies for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will begin at 10 pm (Indian Standard Time) [11.30 am Eastern Standard Time] on January 20.

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Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by United States Chief Justice John Roberts while US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will deliver the oath to Harris.

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Once Biden and Harris take their oaths of office, Joe Biden will deliver his inaugural address. Biden, along with Harris, the first lady (Jill Biden) and the second gentleman (Doug Emhoff) will participate in a Pass in Review on the East Front of the US Capitol complex.

According to plans released by the Biden-Harris Transition Team, the President and Vice President will then head to the Arlington National Cemetery before taking part in the presidential escort to the White House. This will be followed by a televised event called as a virtual 'Parade Across America'.

-PTC News

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