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Kamala Harris held presidency for 1 hour 25 mins while Joe Biden was under anaesthesia

The US President had a colonoscopy as part of a regular health check, the White House said.

LAST UPDATE | 19 Nov 2021

US VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris held presidential powers for a total of one hour and 25 minutes while President Joe Biden was under anesthetic, the White House said this evening.

The White House press office said that official letters to Congress declaring the temporary transfer of power were sent at 10.10am (3.10pm GMT).

“The president resumed his duties at 11:35 am,” (4.35pm GMT), the White House said in a statement.

It had earlier announced that Biden would transfer power to Vice President Harris during the “brief” time today he was to be under anaesthesia for a colonoscopy as part of a regular health check.

“President Biden will transfer power to the vice president for the brief period of time when he is under anaesthesia. The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier today.

© – AFP, 2021

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