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LIVE BLOG: 'I will be a president for all Americans' - Biden

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are both being sworn-in on 20th January in Washington DC, US.

On 20th January 2021, Joe Biden is being sworn-in as the 46th elected President of the United States while Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman and person of colour to be sworn-in as Vice President. 

The ceremony has come to an end.

The Bidens andHarris/Emhoff now leaving the platform.

The national guard now removes the national colours.

Biden has ended his speech.

Unlike Trump, Biden and Harris have handed their Twitter accounts to be run by government officials.

"I will be a president for all Americans," he says.

Biden thanks those who supported his campaign, says those for those who still disagree with him - that's ok, because that is democracy.

Biden says those who stormed the Capitol can never silence their voices.

He says politics doesn't have to be a source of rage and war.

"Let's start afresh, all of us," he says.

Biden says American treat each other with dignity and respect. His speech largely focuses on unity.

Biden says racial justice can be delivered, the coronavirus can be beaten, the US can once again be a force for good.

Biden will not mention Trump in his speech, he does, however, thank his predecessors who are present.

Biden will now make his first address as POTUS.

Guests applaud as Biden is officially sworn in.

Biden is about to be sworn.

JLo now singing.

Harris is about to take her oath.

The national anthem being sung by Lady Gaga. Thereafter, the pledge to the flag will be made.

The national anthem being sung by Lady Gaga. Thereafter, the pledge to the flag will be made.

Rev Leo O'Donovan, a close friend of the Biden family, delivering the invocation prayer.

Senator Amy Klobuchar is delivering the opening remarks

The Bidens have stepped up to the podium, with guests applauding.

Snow has started to fall on the platform.

Harris and Emhoff are making their way in.

Joe and Jill Biden are about to make their way on the platform.

Mike Pence and his wife are also present.

The Biden family, starting with the children, is now making its way onto the platform.

The Justices are now making their way to the platform. The Bush's, Obamas and Clintons are already at their seats.

For those who may not know, Kamala Harris' husband Doug Emhoff will now be referred to as the Second Gentleman - another historic first.

ICYMI: Trump's farewell address.

Many US citizens have expressed their joy and relief at seeing this day finally coming.

Biden and Harris have now arrived at The Capitol.

The Biden family motorcade is already on their way to the Capitol for the ceremony.

Bernie Sanders, who was also in the running in last year's presidential race, has also arived.

Chief Justice John Glover Roberts will perform the swearing in of Biden, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor will perform Harris's.

Biden will reportedly take his oath of office using a Bible that has been in the Biden family for over a century, while Harris will take hers using the Bible of civil rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall.

Headline performer Lady Gaga has also arrived. The ceremony will be significantly smaller than previous inaugurations in line with COVID-19 safety protocol, with other performances to happen across America.

The Obamas, the Bush's and the Clintons are among guests who have arrived.

US President-elect Joe Biden plans to kick off his new administration Wednesday with orders to restore the United States to the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, aides said.

Biden will sign 17 orders and actions just hours after being sworn in as US leader to break from policies of departing President Donald Trump and set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting COVID-19 and the economy, they said.

In first-day moves, he will end Trump's much-assailed ban on visitors from several majority-Muslim countries and halt construction of the wall that Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration, the aides said.

Earlier, outgoing President Donald Trump broke away from tradition and opted to leave the White House without meeting with Biden and his wife Jill and will not be attending the inauguration.

A small crowd waved goodbye as Trump, 74, and First Lady Melania Trump walked a short red carpet and boarded the Marine One helicopter shortly after 8:15 am (1315 GMT), for the short flight to the air base where they will continue to Florida on board Air Force One.

"I just want to say goodbye," Trump told the gathering, calling his time in office "the honour of a lifetime".