Kamala Harris becomes first female acting President of the US
New Delhi : Vice President Kamala Harris became the first female acting President of the United States after Joe Biden temporarily transferred his powers to her before going for an annual medical check-up.
With this Kamala Harris became the first female to hold Presidential powers. She was the first woman vice-president, and as the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, she was also the first African American vice-president, first Asian American vice-president, and the first Indian American to hold the country’s second-most powerful position.
The White House confirmed that Joe Biden transferred his powers to Kamala Harris under Section 3 of the 25th Amendment, which states that a president or vice-president can be replaced in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.
“Whenever the President transmits to the President pro-tempore of the Senate (the vice-president) and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President,” the section says.
Joe Biden will take back his powers through a similar declaration.