Jan 20, 2021 16:50 UTC
  • Joe Biden takes oath as 46th president of the United States amid heavy security

Joe Biden has taken the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States in a ceremony that was unlike any other in the American history.

The ceremony was held at the Capitol on Wednesday under strict and heightened security in the wake of the violent and deadly breach of the Capitol by the supporters of the outgoing President Donald Trump.

Also, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the supporters of Joe Biden were barred from watching the inauguration from the national mall, replaced by 200,000 flags representing all 56 American states and territories.

Among those present were the three former presidents of the United States: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W Bush along their spouses.

Mike Pence was also the only official from the Trump administration that attended the ceremony, skipping Trump's farewell military salute event at Joint Air Force Base Andrews.