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As it happened: Joe Biden sworn in as president as he vows post-Trump unity

  • Biden is now the 46th president and Kamala Harris the 49th vice-president
  • ‘Let's start afresh, all of us,’ Biden says to gathered crowd, but Trump has already flown to Florida

Topic |   Joe Biden inauguration
New US President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
INTRODUCTION

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Joe Biden
has now been sworn in as the 46th US president, and Kamala Harris as the 49th vice-president, entering office with an appeal to unity and calm in the wake of the recent attacks on Congress.

“Let’s start afresh, all of us,” Biden told an assembled audience – including previous surviving presidents, minus Donald Trump who flew to Florida before the event, and 96-year-old Jimmy Carter – as he called for unity, social justice and calmer heads in the face of divisions that have wracked America. 

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“Disagreement must not lead to disunion, and I pledge to you – I will be a president for all Americans,” he said, promising to fight “for those who did not support me as well as those who did”. Read on for a blow-by-blow account of the inauguration ceremony as it happened, including performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks and poet Amanda Gorman.

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