Nicolas Maduro
  • Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist as he arrives along with Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, right, for the funeral ceremony for Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, March 8, 2013.

    Hand-picked successor of Chavez defies opposition and the constitution to take the helm, though elections are expected soon.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 08, 2013, 9:56 PM EST
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  • A woman lights candles during a ceremony for Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at Bolivar square in Barinas, the capital of the state where Chavez was born in western Venezuela, Friday, March 8, 2013.

    "Here we are, Comandante, your men, on their feet," succesor Nicolas Maduro shouted, government officials rising behind him. "All your men and women ... loyal until beyond death."

     
     
    LAST UPDATE : Mar 08, 2013, 8:28 PM EST
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