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An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a politician's assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. "the President's inauguration").

Political inaugurations often have lavish ceremonies, in which the politician publicly takes his or her oath of office in front of a large crowd of spectators.

Furthermore an inauguration may be a formal beginning or introduction (e.g "the inauguration of a new Quebec-US border crossing").

State & religious leaders who are inaugurated

See also: coronation, Inauguration Day

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