Latin American leaders celebrate Biden's inauguration

Alaturka Politika Haberleri

By Beyza Binnur Donmez

ANKARA (AA) – Latin American leaders celebrated the new US administration Wednesday as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were officially sworn into office.

Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno called it "a great day" for the US.

"Democracy triumphs, respect for the will of the people prevails, and those principles are strengthened in all the nations of the region," he said on Twitter.

He wished "much success" to the new president and vice president and said, "May God bless your administration."

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera wished the "best" for Biden.

"His Administration will have the mission of healing the soul of the country and strengthening civic friendship," Pinera tweeted. "The commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights recognizes no borders."

Biden and Harris took oaths of office earlier Wednesday in a heavily-guarded but sparsely attended ceremony at the US Capitol.

Security for the ceremony was markedly increased with 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington, D.C. to secure the area after former President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to thwart a constitutionally-mandated procedure before Biden assumed office.

Trump departed the White House for the state of Florida, opting to break with a tradition that embodies the US's peaceful transfer of power by not participating in the inaugural events.