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Washington prepares for Joe Biden’s inauguration


  • Joe Biden is to be sworn in as the 46th US president just before 17:00 GMT in Washington
  • Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office alongside him – the first woman to hold that position
  • Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony after a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month
  • Donald Trump will not attend his successor’s inauguration – only the fourth president not to do so
  • He will leave the White House for the last time, bound for Florida, at around 13:00 GMT
  • In the final hours of his presidency Mr Trump pardoned 73 people, including his former adviser Steve Bannon
  • But he did not issue pre-emptive pardons for himself or family members
    • culled from BBC NEWS