CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s new interim president, Nicolas Maduro, gave a clear sign Friday night that he will use political capital left by the late President Hugo Chavez to win election in his own right.
In his acceptance speech to the National Assembly after being sworn in as “president in charge,” Maduro, 50, named Science Minister Jorge Arreaza, who is married to Chavez's daughter, Rosa Virginia, as his vice president and running mate in an election likely to be held next month to decide Chavez's successor.
Maduro was sworn in at the National Assembly hall hours after funeral services were held at the Venezuelan Military Academy for Chavez, 58, who died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. More than 30 heads of state attended the services.
The Venezuelan Constitution calls for the government to hold a presidential election within 30 days of the death or resignation of an incumbent. But no date has yet been set.