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Kamala Harris poised to become first U.S. veep of Asian descent

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Democratic Party Senator Kamala Harris was elected last week as the United States’ first woman, first person of color and first South Asian vice-president. In the process, she automatically becomes its second most powerful official.


Harris, 56, cemented her place in U.S. history when she and running mate, former Vice President Joseph, were declared winners in the just-concluded Nov. 3 elections, besting incumbent President Donald Trump.


However, this remains unofficial until Congress on Jan. 6, 2021 certifies the Electoral College votes they garnered in the polls.


Major U.S. news networks, as they had done countless times in the past, had declared Biden and Harris as the winners on Saturday, Nov. 8 (U.S. time).

Harris, whose mother Shyamala Gopalan is from India, broke into the limelight when she was appointed as San Francisco’s first female district attorney, elected as California’s first woman-of-color attorney general and later as the first woman of south Asian heritage elected to the U.S. Senate.
Harris had initially set her sights on the US presidency as she competed in 2019 against Biden and sevdral others for the party’s nomination, but was forced to drop out for a variety of reasons.


Her selection as Biden’s running mate turned out ot be a good one as it excited the Democrats’ base and stirred wealthy donors to dig deep into their pockets for the presidential campaign.

PHOTO: Connected to India


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