Last year, the swear­ing-in of Ni­co­las Maduro as Venezuela’s new Pres­i­dent was in­ter­rupted by a man who ran on stage and grabbed the mi­cro­phone. The man, who tried to ap­peal for the Pres­i­dent’s help, was quickly tack­led by body­guards. The lapse in se­cu­rity was per­haps em­bar­rass­ing for Maduro, with lead­ers and dig­ni­taries from around the world at­tend­ing the event, such as Iran’s Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad.

Re­turn­ing to his speech af­ter the in­ci­dent, Maduro said: “Se­cu­rity has failed to­tally. I could eas­ily have been shot. And a com­rade, how­ever many ideas he may have, must un­der­stand that this is an event that has rules that should be re­spected.” Since be­ing nar­rowly beaten in the elec­tion, op­po­si­tion chal­lenger Hen­rique Capriles and his sup­port­ers have re­fused to ac­cept the re­sult. How­ever, those who voted for Maduro cel­e­brated out­side the Congress in Cara­cas as the new Pres­i­dent was sworn in.

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