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    Venezuelan Acting President Sworn In

    Venezuelan acting president Nicolas Maduro clenches his fist after he was sworn in as acting President, in Caracas, on March 8, 2013. Maduro took over as acting president in a ceremony rejected by the opposition after a tearful farewell to Hugo Chavez during a rousing state funeral for the firebrand leftist.  AFP PHOTO/Juan Barreto        (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Venezuelan acting president Maduro after being sworn in on Friday. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty)

    While news was swirling about Hugo Chávez's legacy, another man was being sworn in as president of Venezuela. Just hours after Chávez's lavish, star-studded funeral, former vice president Nicolás Maduro took office in a ceremony led by the speaker of the National Assembly. Although opposition leaders claim the move was unconstitutional—arguing that the National Assembly leader should legally take over—the ceremony went on as planned. The event boasted an impressive guest list, with world leaders such as Cuba’s Raúl Castro and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in attendance (a message from Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was also read). Maduro is expected to call elections within 30 days.

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