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Obama to give State Of The Union address on January 28

Published on Dec 14, 2013 7:47 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama will deliver his State Of The Union address - his annual showpiece speech - on Jan 28, at the start of a mid-term election year.

By tradition, the speaker of the House of Representatives must invite the president to make the address to a joint session of the US Congress and a national televised audience.

Republican Speaker John Boehner sent a letter of invitation to Obama on Friday, and White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president had accepted.

Boehner's office said the joint session was set for 9pm (10am the next day, Singapore time).

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