Saturday, 2nd December, 2023
Saturday, 2nd December, 2023

Joe Biden elected 46th US president

Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

Biden crossed the milestone of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania that has 20 electoral votes. He has so far confirmed 284 electoral votes, report CNN, AP, Reuters.

His projected victory came after four days of nail-biting suspense over the outcome of Tuesday’s election, with the counting of votes in a handful of battleground states ongoing thanks to a flood of mail-in ballots.

When Biden enters the White House on January 20 next year, the oldest person to assume the office at age 78, he likely will face a difficult task governing in a deeply polarised Washington, underscored by a record nationwide voter turnout in a fight to the finish.

Before becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden served as vice president under former President Barack Obama. He is also Delaware’s longest-serving senator.

Throughout his campaign, Biden has argued that the “soul of the nation” is at stake, and has promised that he would seek to heal a country fractured by Trump’s presidency.

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