Joe Biden has taken the oath of office, becoming the 46th president of the United States. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swore him in.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God,” Biden said.
Together with him, Kamala Harris, the country's first female vice president, took the oath.
Outgoing president Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony, breaking with more than 150 years of tradition. He left the White House to attend a farewell event at Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland before flying to Florida.
Despite leaving the White House, the Senate is still to hold a trial on the impeachment charge against him. This, in turn, can result in a ban for running again for president.
As we reported earlier, Biden intends to fulfill "roughly a dozen promises" on his inauguration day.
According to Biden's new chief of staff, Ron Klain, US President-elect promises to use the powers of his new office to push policy changes on housing, student loans, climate change, and immigration.