Nicolas Maduro swears in as Venezuelan president

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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist as he arrives along with Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, right, for the funeral ceremony for Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 8, 2013. With leaders from five continents on hand, Venezuela prepared for a day of distinctly different ceremonies, first the formal state funeral of Hugo Chavez, then the controversial swearing in of Maduro, his anointed interim successor, who the opposition charges has no constitutional right to the job. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist as he arrives along with Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, right, for the funeral ceremony for Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 8, 2013. With leaders from five continents on hand, Venezuela prepared for a day of distinctly different ceremonies, first the formal state funeral of Hugo Chavez, then the controversial swearing in of Maduro, his anointed interim successor, who the opposition charges has no constitutional right to the job. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro has been sworn in as Venezuela's acting president, against the objections of the political opposition who say the move violates the country's constitution.

Late President Hugo Chavez designated Maduro as his successor before he died Tuesday of cancer. Maduro had been Chavez's vice president.

The country's 1999 constitution says the National Assembly speaker becomes interim president in the event of a president-elect's death or inability to be sworn in. The constitution also says new elections should be called within 30 days.

Maduro has been picked as the presidential candidate of Chavez's socialist party.

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