Venezuelans have given Nicolas Maduro a mandate to carry on Hugo Chávez socialist legacy. The opposition demands a recount. Sunday's election exposed deep rifts in a country still shaken by the death of El Comandante.
Latin American governments have urged Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, not to take the oath of office. The Lima bloc have said they will not recognize his new term because last year's election was "illegitimate."
The Organization of American States voted not to recognize the legitimacy of Maduro's second, six-year term. Cuba, Bolivia and Georgia were among the few states to send delegates to the swearing-in ceremony.
Juan Guaido said the constitution granted him the power to head a transitional government. The opposition is reportedly planning to extend an olive branch to the regime's army defectors.
Up to now, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has at least ruled as an elected leader. As he begins his second term, it seems the last vestiges of democracy in the country are gone, writes DW's Uta Thofern.
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