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    The US capital has enhanced security in an unprecedented manner in the lead-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, practically closing the city to the public and calling in 25,000 National Guard troops to ensure security during the event – in the absence of Donald Trump – for fear of ripple effects of the 6 January unrest.

    Sputnik is live from Washington, DC on Wednesday, 20 January, hours before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

    The inauguration is expected to take place under increased security in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol building by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

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