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VP-Elect Kamala Harris to Resign US Senate Seat

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will officially resign Monday from her US Senate seat, ending her four-year Senate career, according to a Harris aide. The move comes two days before she’s inaugurated on Wednesday, making history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president.

VP-Elect Kamala Harris to Resign US Senate Seat
VP-Elect Kamala Harris to Resign US Senate Seat

Aides to the California Democrat confirmed the timing and said Gov. Gavin Newsom was aware of her decision, clearing the way for him to appoint fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, to serve the final two years of Harris’ term.

Harris will leave the Senate shortly after Democrats narrowly secured a majority there, winning two election runoffs in Georgia this month.

Wednesday’s pared-down inauguration comes just over two weeks after President Donald Trump’s supporters, egged on by the president, stormed the US Capitol as Congress met to certify Biden’s election victory.

Authorities have warned of further violence surrounding the inauguration and put increased security in place in Washington, DC, and various US state capitals.

The FBI warned police agencies of possible armed demonstrations outside all 50 state capitol buildings starting Saturday through President-elect Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, fueled by supporters of President Donald Trump who believe his false claims of electoral fraud.

FBI Warns of Armed Pro-Trump Protests During Inauguration

New Human Rights Report Reveals Systemic Animosity Towards Armenians in Azerbaijan

New Human Rights Report Reveals Systemic Animosity Towards Armenians in Azerbaijan