Nicolas Maduro sworn in as Venezuelan acting president
Nicolas Maduro, who was the vice-president while Hugo Chavez was still alive has been sworn in as interim president of Venezuela.
Mr Maduro is the man that Hugo Chavez had hoped would succeed him and there will be fresh elections within 30 days.
In predictable style the opposition has claimed that the ceremony is unconstitutional and that Mr Maduro had no right to be sworn in as acting president.
So… a leader dies and his deputy takes over for 30 days until a new leader can be democratically elected… I think the opposition doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
Who is Nicolas Maduro?
Well in terms of personality he is the opposite of Hugo Chavez but lets face it, not many could match Chavez’s charisma, Mr Maduro is a much calmer and quieter man.
He is also said to a follower of Sathya Sai Baba, the late Indian guru amongst other things known for his quote:
“Love All, Serve All
Help Ever, Hurt Never”
Mr Maduro is known as ‘the negotiator’, he is said to be a diplomatic man who is always open to other peoples opinions and suggestions, he is someone you can sit down with and talk to and he will listen.
He is also a staunch anti-imperialist and is happy to align with anyone critical and outspoken against US hegemony.