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US Elections 2020 – Joe Biden Elected 46th President of US; Kamala Harris becomes 1st Woman to serve as Vice President 

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Joe Biden wins US presidential electionOn November 7, 2020 Joe Biden of Democratic Party passed the 270 vote electoral college required to claim victory in the 2020 United States (U.S.) Presidential election, making him President-elect of the U.S. and Senator Kamala Harris of Democratic Party as Vice President-elect. Joe Biden defeated Incumbent U.S. President, Donald Trump & Vice President, Mike Pence of Republican Party in the 2020 elections.

Key Points:

i.Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is set to become the 46th President of the United States.

ii.Kamala Devi Harris will become the First Woman, The First Black American and the first American of Asian descent to serve as Vice President of the U.S.  She will be the highest-ranking female elected official in the History of the United States.

iii.Vice-President elect Kamala Harris is set to become the 49th Vice President of the United States.

iv.Joe Biden & Kamala Harris will take charge as President & Vice-President on January 20, 2021.

President-elect Joe Biden:

i.Biden at 77 years is the oldest President-elect in U.S. History.

ii.He is also the First Candidate to oust an Incumbent President after one term since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in 1992.

iii.Joe Biden had also served as the 47th Vice President of the United States with President Barack Obama from January 20, 2009-January 20, 2017.

Kamala Devi Harris:

i.56-year old Kamala Devi Harris is of both Indian Tamil and Afro-Jamaican ancestry.

ii.She has authored several books – ‘Superheroes Are Everywhere’, Her Memoir ‘The Truths We Hold: An American Journey’ and ‘Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer’, a children’s book by her niece Meena Harris called ‘Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea’ and Nikki Grimes’ illustrated ‘Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice’.

Election Process:

i.The winner of the US Presidential elections is determined through a system called electoral college.

ii.All the 50 states plus Washington DC are given a number of electoral college votes, adding up to a total of 538 votes.

iii.A candidate needs to win 270 electoral college votes (50% plus one) to win the election.

List of One-Term U.S. Presidents:

i.Donald Trump joins the list of Nine other presidents who were rejected by American People after One Term in the Office.

ii.They are John Adams (1797-1801) was the First President to hold the Office of US President for only 1 term.

iii.In the US, no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.

Fact:

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected (and re-elected) as President of the United States.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only President to serve as President for more than 2 terms (1933-45). He served Three full terms; died 2 months and 23 days into the fourth term.

In 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the first female presidential candidate. There has been one female major-party presidential nominee in U.S. history: Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Joe Biden announces 12-Member Coronavirus task force:

i.US President-elect Joe Biden announced a 12-member coronavirus task force to mount an effective response to the Pandemic in his victory speech. 

ii.The task force will be co-chaired by Indian-American Physician Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor of public health at Yale University and Ezekiel Emanuel, a former Obama administration health adviser.

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i.On 6th October 2020, at the emergency session of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan (also known as Jogorku Kenesh) appointed Sadyr Zhaparov, as the Acting Prime Minister(PM) of Kyrgyzstan.

ii.On September 30, 2020 Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (83 years old), Crown prince of Kuwait (State of Kuwait) sworn in as new emir (16th Emir of Kuwait) during a session of the National Assembly in Kuwait.

About United States:

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