Joe Biden will assume office on January 20, becoming the oldest US president at 78.
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WASHINGTON – Joe Biden captured the US presidency on Saturday after crossing the 270-vote threshold, beating incumbent Donald Trump.
The former vice president will enter the White House on January 20, becoming the oldest US president at the age of 78. He previously ran and lost in his presidential bids in 1988 and 2008.
Biden has said his first priority will be developing a plan to contain and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, promising to improve access to testing, and to encourage people to wear masks.
After a long counting process exacerbated by a large number of mail-in ballots, Biden crossed the 270-vote threshold with the help of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.
Biden had a 273 to 214 lead in the electoral college vote that determines the winner, according to Edison Research.
Meanwhile, Trump, 74, is contesting the vote in the courts. Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits in several states over Tuesday’s election.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” Trump said, refusing to concede.
US Senator Kamala Harris will become the first woman, the first African American and the first American of Asian descent to serve as vice president.
Biden, in his victory speech, said Harris will make a “fantastic vice president”.
“I will be honoured to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country. It’s long overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. But once again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice,” Biden said.
Meanwhile, world leaders, including those in the UAE, have sent messages of congratulation to Biden.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, tweeted messages of cooperation.
“Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said.
“We look forward to strengthening our five-decade enduring and strategic relations,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid echoed.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau, UK’s Boris Johnson and France’s Emmanuel Macron also sent good wishes to Biden. CCP/Expat Media
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