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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 January 2021

US ELECTIONS

Inauguration Day: live updates as Joe Biden to be sworn in as 46th US president

Follow The National's coverage of the transition in the US, building up to Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th president

Outgoing President Donald Trump held his final presidential event on Wednesday morning before departing the White House for Florida, skipping the inauguration of incoming president Joe Biden.

The inauguration ceremony is expected to begin at 10.30am EST (7.30pm in UAE).

At least 25,000 National Guard members will be on duty amid heightened fears of armed protests.

In his first hours as president, Mr Biden is expected to sign more than a dozen executive orders related to immigration, Covid-19, the environment and the economy.

Follow the latest below:

Updated: January 20, 2021 07:45 PM

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