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Donald Trump officially 45th president of US

Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential elections after scoring a series of surprising key battleground states.

US President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Donald Trump has officially been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.

He takes over from Barack Obama who served the US for two four-year terms starting in 2008.

The property tycoon announced his intention to run for president on 16 June 2015 as a Republican. Trump's campaign slogan was "Make America Great Again" and in his candidacy speech, he said that he would bring back the American dream "bigger and better and stronger than ever before."

Trump was declared the Republican party's presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016.

After trailing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the polls in the weeks leading up to the election, Trump won the 2016 US presidential elections after scoring a series of surprising key battleground states.

Both candidates had historically low popularity ratings, although Trump's were worse than Clinton’s, in an election that many voters characterised as a choice between two unpleasant alternatives.