How to watch Trump’s inauguration in South Africa
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\n \n \n \n U.S. President-elect Donald Trump delivers remarks at a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017.\n \n \n \n
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\n Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know on how you can catch all the pomp – and the protests – right here in South Africa. \n
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Big crowds and protests
Thousands of anti-Trump protesters were expected among an inauguration crowd that organisers estimated will be upwards of 900,000. Many protesters will be spilling into the streets of Washington on Saturday when a “Women’s March on Washington” is planned.
Protests are also planned in cities abroad, including South Africa.
More than 50 Democratic lawmakers plan to stay away from the proceedings to protest Trump, spurred on after he derided U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, a hero of the civil rights movement, for calling Trump an illegitimate president.
When does it start?
The inaugural swearing-in ceremony will take place at 6.30pm (South African Time) when Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take his oath of office outside the domed U.S. Capitol, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.
Trump will then launch his presidency with an inaugural address that will last about 20 minutes and that he has reportedly been writing himself with the help of top aides.
After the ceremony – and lunch – Trump will review the American armed forces and will then lead the parade from the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Later that night there will be two official inaugural balls as well as the Armed Services Ball. Trump is expected to make remarks at all three.
Where to watch it
Most of the major American news networks will have special all-day inauguration coverage, while many international networks will live stream the event. If you don’t have access to a TV you can still follow all the proceedings online.
You can watch the livestream of the inauguration here.
– additional reporting by Reuters
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