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Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, January 20, along with his vice-president, Kamala Harris.
Soon-to-be former US president Donald Trump will not be present, as he will be in Florida.
Typically, the outgoing president and his successor would ride in Marine One together to the US Capitol for the inauguration, however Trump is the first president for more than 150 years to not fulfil his obligation of a seamlessly passing the torch and respecting the incoming president by attending the swearing in.
The inauguration itself will get underway at 12:00 Washington time, which is 18:00 CET, with the ceremony starting 30 minutes beforehand.
Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife and future vice president Kamala Harris, attended mass at St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington. Joe Biden is the first Catholic president of the United States since John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Four US presidents have been assassinated in the course of their duties: Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Donald Trump, who will not attend Biden’s inauguration, will leave for Florida today.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will arrive at the Capitol at 10:30 EST (16:30 CET) for the inauguration. It will be the first act of the inauguration which will actually be a short ceremony in which the only compulsory act is the oath to the constitution.
Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20 will be remembered in Washington’s history. The centre of the American capital has become a fortified zone to avoid any incident before or during the inauguration of the president-elect Joe Biden, as 25,000 soldiers from the National Guard will ensure the security of the inauguration ceremony.