CARACAS, Friday April 19, 2013 | Update

Maduro: Let us build an inclusive homeland

During Venezuelan elected President Nicolas Maduro's inauguration speech, a citizen reached the podium and shouted Maduro's name and tried to approach him. "I could have been shot," Maduro remarked

Friday April 19, 2013  04:35 PM
Uttering his first words as president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro prayed to God, the liberators, and late leader Hugo Chávez to bless and protect him to hold office.

Minutes after he began his speech, a citizen reached the podium and shouted Maduro's name, grabbed the microphone as the presidential guards and Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello tried to stop him.

"Security has completely failed; I could have been shot," Maduro remarked.

After the man was removed from the hall of the National Assembly, Maduro said, "Let us build an inclusive homeland for everyone."

Maduro spent much of his speech talking about the life of President Hugo Chávez and what he considers has been his work for the country. "Honor and glory for the Bolivarian revolutionary movement 200 and its founders. They paved the way for (...) the 21st century."

He argued that Chávez has left many projects as a legacy for the future. Maduro stressed that Chávez never gave in to blackmail. "When he proposed the Constituent Assembly, the right-wing said that it was dictatorship. Would you describe as dictatorship the initiative of summoning the power of the people?"
The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."