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Joe Biden to undergo surgery and temporarily hand over the US presidency to Kamala Harris

Joe Biden to undergo surgery and temporarily hand over the US presidency to Kamala Harris

The vice president will make history by becoming the first woman to hold the position for a short time.

US President Joe Biden will undergo a “routine” colonoscopy on Friday and temporarily hand over power to Vice President Kamala Harris, the White House announced.

The details of the medical check-up of the president, who turns 79 on Saturday, will be published in the afternoon, the US government reported and refers AFP.

“The president will have a routine colonoscopy” at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, according to the White House.

“As was the case when President George W. Bush underwent the same intervention in 2002 and 2007, and in accordance with the procedure provided by the Constitution, President Biden will transfer his powers to the Vice President for a brief period, while is under anesthesia ”, adds the government.

Biden, who does not smoke or drink alcohol, is vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the third dose in late September.

He is the longest-serving president in the history of the United States and has made public that he plans to run for a new term in 2024, but there is speculation that he could resign due to his age.

Meanwhile, for Harris it will be something historic. She will become the first woman to serve as the US Presidency for a “short period of time”.

Harris became the first woman to reach the Vice Presidency of the country on January 20, as well as the first African-American to hold that position and the first person of Indian or Asian origin to do so. EFE.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Harris “will be working from his office in the west wing during this time.” (I)

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