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Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuelan president

  • Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuelan president on Friday, succeeding the late Hugo Chavez who died of cancer last month.

    Thousands gathered on the streets of the capital, Caracas, offering their support to Maduro.

    Maduro was elected president beating opposition leader Henrique Capriles by 1.5 percent of the vote.

    Capriles, who had earlier claimed there were voting irregularities, has said he accepts the results.

    Maduro opened his inauguration address stating that he wanted to govern for "all Venezuelans".

    The ceremony was held on the same day as the anniversary of Venezuela's 1810 declaration of independence from Spain, which Maduro referred to in his speech.

    Maduro has pledged to continue with oil-funded health, education and food programs initiated by Chavez which have cut poverty from 50 to 29 percent.