Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela was sworn in as the new President of Venezuela on 19 April 2013 in a ceremony by the National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello.
Nicolas Maduro, 50, succeeded late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez who died on 5 March 2013.
He was elected as the President, beating the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by just 1.5 percent votes. The aim of the new President is to deal with the corruption along with carrying the social programmes of Hugo Chavez.
About Nicolas Maduro
• Nicolas Maduro Moros was born on 23 November 1962.
• He belonged to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Before 2007, he belonged to the Fifth Republic Movement party.
• Under the President, Hugo Chavez, he was the Vice President of Venezuela as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006.
• He was the Trade Union Leader of the drivers of Caracas Metro system and in 2000, he was elected to the National Assembly.
• He was known to be the most capable politician and administrator of inner circle of Hugo Chavez.
• Nicolas Maduro on 8 March 2013 was sworn in as Venezuela’s interim president, despite the Opposition resistance as it is being considered to the violation of the country’s constitution.
• On 14 April 2013, special elections took place for the election of new President. Nicolas Maduro won the election as United Socialist Party’s candidate.
• He started with his political career in 1980s.
• He was also elected to Venezuelan Chamber of Deputies in 1998 and to National Constituent Assembly in 1999.
• He was then elected to the National Assembly in 2000.
• From 2005 to 2006, he remained the Speaker.