HAVANA TIMES — Nicolas Maduro, 50, who considers himself the son of Hugo Chávez, took the oath on Friday afternoon in Caracas to officially become the new president of Venezuela for the 2013-2019 term.
After receiving the presidential band from National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello, Maduro promised to build an “independent and socialist” country.
Maduro won a close election on Sunday April 14 by less than two percent over his rival Henrique Capriles, who demanded a full audit of the voting day process.
Capriles refused to recognize Maduro’s triumph until the revision process concludes. His supporters carried out a pots and pans pounding protest while the inauguration ceremony was taking place.
Dozens of the foreign delegations attended the ceremony including the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Iran, Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Uruguay.
Also present were the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the vice president of the Chinese Parliament.
The United States has refused to recognize Maduro as president until the voting audit is completed.