Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent gets pushed at in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony


The newly elected Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro be­gan his in­nings as Pres­i­dent with a se­cu­rity in­ci­dent. While he was de­liv­er­ing the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, an on­looker by the name of Henry rushed to the podium, in­ter­rupt­ing Maduro’s speech.

A vis­i­bly shaken Pres­i­dent ac­knowl­edged the se­cu­rity breach and said, “He could have shot me here.” How­ever, that did not de­ter the suc­ces­sor of Hugo Chavez to con­tinue his ad­dress. The dra­matic in­ci­dent came as post-elec­tion ten­sions be­gan to calm thanks to a prom­ise by of­fi­cials to au­dit the vote that put Maduro into power.

Be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion, red-shirted sup­port­ers marched through the streets, shout­ing and blow­ing trum­pets, to cel­e­brate the swear­ing in of the for­mer bus driver at the national assem­bly later to­day. Latin Amer­i­can lead­ers flew in to demon­strate their sol­i­dar­ity.

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