Caracas, 19 Abr. AVN.- After taking oath as president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, who promises to continue the legacy of Commander Hugo Chavez, began his speech in the National Assembly (AN) before the socialist deputies, 61 international delegations, members of the Government and people in general, calling for God's blessing and asking the liberators and Chavez "to be fulfilled with wisdom to know to reach out to all Venezuelans, to build the home of peaceful and inclusive country."
"So I want to start today, April 19, 2013, these words as constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," said Maduro, who was elected in Sunday's election with 7,575,704 votes, representing 50.78% of the vote.
On Friday, Venezuela commemorates also 203 years of the day that Caracas declared independence from the Spanish crown, in an open meeting held just a few meters from Parliament.
Maduro recalled that fact and praised that generation of liberators reaffirming that is in full force his own struggle for national sovereignty. "203 years ago this day, our people said enough is enough. It was the most momentous event for the start of the breakdown of colonial rule imposed haphazardly for 300 years to our people," he said.
"The independence that they started, the fight that started for dignity, to build the homeland continues today, is intact. It's a single fight. It's the same as yesterday. Now we do it with other methods: today we do it in a democracy, in peace with the people aware."
The new president greeted the official delegations and thanked the show of support from the United Nations Organization (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), Petrocaribe and the Non-Aligned Movement.