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Indian-origin Kamala Harris held US Presidency for 85 minutes: White House

Indian-origin Kamala Harris held US Presidency for 85 minutes

WASHINGTON: Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin, woman vice president of the United States, created history as she held presidential powers for a total of one hour and 25 minutes while President Joe Biden was under anaesthetic, the White House said.

Indian-origin Kamala Harris held US Presidency for 85 minutes: White House
Indian-origin Kamala Harris Creates History As Acting US President In Joe Biden’s Absence

According to the White House, Harris held US Presidency for 85 minutes as President Joe Biden was under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.

The White House press office said that official letters to Congress declaring the temporary transfer of power were sent at 10:10 am (1510 GMT).

While Harris is the first woman to serve as Vice-President of the United States, no woman has ever been President in the country’s nearly 250-year history.

Presidential power has been transferred to the Vice-President before, when President George W Bush had colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007.

Joe Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person to take office as US President, leading to high interest in his health and well-being.

Although speculation has persisted about whether he will run for re-election in 2024, he has said he expects to seek a second four-year term.

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