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Biden faces uphill battle to restore trust in US democracy

From partisan rift to voter fraud claims, Trump legacy looms heavy

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will inherit a deeply divided country when he takes office on Jan. 20.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden, formally chosen as the next U.S. president by the Electoral College on Monday, faces the complex and arduous tasks of healing a country torn along political, racial and economic lines and restoring public confidence in democratic institutions.

"The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago," Biden said Monday evening in an address to the nation. "We now know that nothing, not even a pandemic or an abuse of power, can extinguish that flame."

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