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Maduro sworn in as Venezuela President for second term

IANS  |  Caracas 

Venezuelan Nicolas was sworn in before the of Justice (TSJ) to begin a new six-year term.

on Thursday told the TSJ President, Maikel Moreno, that he swore on behalf of the people of and that he would fulfil and enforce all constitutional mandates to "seek to defend the independence and absolute integrity of the country", reported.

After the inauguration ceremony, said the ceremony "was a peace step for the country."

"This banner does not belong to me, this banner belongs to the rebellious and sovereign people of Venezuela," said the Venezuelan

Maduro stressed that "is a profoundly democratic country ... In 19 years there have been 25 elections for all general level positions."

He recalled that the May 20, 2018 elections were done "in spite of an international conspiracy to boycott the elections."

The ceremony included the presence of all the public leaders, except those from the National Assembly, the majority of which are from the opposing party.

During Maduro's swearing-in, delegations from 94 countries "that respect Venezuela" were in attendance, said the

Those attending included Bolivian President Evo Morales, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Nicaraguan President and El Salvador's President

Maduro was elected with 67.84 percent of the votes.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 06:34 IST