When Will Joe Biden Become the Next President of the USA?
The Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won the election, but he has not yet officially been named the President.
Donald Trump is still in office, but his time in power is coming to an end.
Under the US system of government, the incoming President is not normally sworn in until months after the votes have been counted.
This allows for a high degree of political stability, as it gives the incoming team time to prepare for office.
There can be an ordered handover of power.
On the other hand, it can also make things worse in a more volatile and fractious environment, since the incoming and outgoing Presidents can challenge each other’s authority.
We saw some of the tensions that can arise when protesters invaded the Capitol building earlier this month.
Even so, the inauguration of Joe Biden will take place in a couple of days time.
The ceremony will be held on the same day of the year — towards the end of January — that it has taken place since since 1937.
The main event will occur on Capitol Hill, looking out over the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.
The inauguration will be secured by troops from the National Guard; this is in order to reduce the risk of riots breaking out and to deal with any potential violence.
This year’s event is due to be held on 20 January 2021.
On that date, Joe Biden will officially become President of the United States of America.
Proceedings will start at midday Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is the timezone used in Washington D.C.
Donald Trump was the 45th President of the USA, so Joe Biden will now become the 46th.
You will be able to catch the events as they unfold on live TV.
If that doesn’t suit your schedule, then you can also watch the presidential inauguration on this especially created website.