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PHOTOS: Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration

AGENCIES: Joe Biden Inauguration as the 46th US president, ending one of the most dramatic political transitions in American history.

He was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday.

Biden arrives at the White House for the first time as president. Evan Vucci/AP

The inauguration took place at the US Capitol. There is extra-tight security after the building was stormed by violent pro-Trump protesters in a deadly riot on 6 January.

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“Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation,” he said in his inaugural address.

Fireworks are seen above the White House at the end of the Inauguration Day events on Wednesday. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

Biden spoke shortly after Kamala Harris made history by becoming the country’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. He said this Inauguration Day was a triumph for democracy.

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,” Biden said. “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

The drumline from the University of Delaware takes part in Biden’s inaugural parade. Maddie McGarvey for CNN

This was a scaled-down inauguration unlike any we’ve ever seen.

Highlighting a message of unity after the turbulent Trump years, he promised to be a president “for all Americans” – including those who voted against him.

U.S Former President George Walker Wash and wife Laura Bush arrive at the U.S Capitol on Wednesday

Among those attending the ceremony were three of his predecessors: Barack Obama – under whom Mr Biden served for eight years as vice-president – Bill Clinton and George W Bush, as well as Mr Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence.

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The inauguration ceremony included musical performances by Lady Gaga – who sang the national anthem – as well as Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks.

Donald Trump – who has not formally conceded the presidency to Mr Biden – snubbed the inauguration ceremony, in a departure from longstanding precedent.

The Obamas leave the Capitol after the inauguration. Sarah Silbiger for CNN
Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office. “Patrick Semansky/AP
Harris is sworn in as vice president as her husband holds the Bible. Andrew Harnik/Pool/AP
Former President Barack Obama congratulates Biden after the swearing-in. Biden was Obama’s vice president for eight years. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

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