Maduro sworn in as Venezuela's president
April 22, 2013 -- Updated 1510 GMT (2310 HKT)
Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, is sworn in Friday as Venezuela's president.
- Nicolas Maduro is sworn in as Venezuela's president
- Hugo Chavez tapped him as a successor
- The opposition candidate has called for a recount; election officials auditing results
- Man rushes toward podium; "He could have shot me right here," Maduro says
(CNN) -- Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor was sworn in as Venezuela's president on Friday.
Nicolas Maduro's inauguration ceremony took a dramatic turn at one point as a man in a red jacket rushed toward the podium in Venezuela's National Assembly.
"They could have shot me right here. Security has failed," Maduro said after the man was taken away.
Maduro was quick to regain the floor and spoke for more than two hours, vowing to crack down on any coup attempts to remove him from the presidency and slamming political opponents for waging what he called a "dirty election campaign" against him.
Venezuela's casserole street protest
Maduro's inauguration comes a day after Venezuela's National Electoral Council said it would complete 100% audit of votes cast in Sunday's election "to preserve a climate of harmony between Venezuelans."
Maduro secured 50.8% of votes in the election while opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski won 49%, election officials said earlier this week.
Capriles had called for a vote-by-vote recount but said late Thursday that he accepted the decision by election officials to audit the tally.
The narrow margin has sparked mounting tensions in Venezuela after the closely watched election to pick Chavez's successor.
Venezuela's state-run AVN news agency said at least eight people have been killed in post-election violence across the country.
The government news agency tied the deaths to opposition protests and said the victims were all followers of Maduro.
CNN could not independently confirm government reports of violence and it was unknown whether there were any opposition injuries or fatalities.
Opposition protesters have sent numerous accounts to CNN's iReport, criticizing the government and pushing for a recount.
In one of his last public appearances before his March 5 death, Chavez said he wanted Maduro to be his successor.
Maduro now describes himself as "Chavez's son" and has vowed to continue the late leader's plans to build "21st century socialism."
On Thursday night, Capriles urged supporters not to be discouraged by Friday's inauguration and to stay at home and listen to salsa music.
"This fight has not finished. ... I am sure that sooner rather than later the truth will come out," he said.
Part of complete coverage on
September 15, 2014 -- Updated 2232 GMT (0632 HKT)
ISIS has slaughtered hundreds. Now nearly 40 nations have agreed to take the fight to the militants. But what can they do?
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1253 GMT (2053 HKT)
ISIS has captured the minds of a new generation of global jihadists. What does it mean for al Qaeda?
September 15, 2014 -- Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT)
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 0338 GMT (1138 HKT)
Treated with all due respect, volcanoes can offer some stunning vistas. Just don't fall in.
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 0522 GMT (1322 HKT)
The blogger, the hacker, the PM... and Kim Dotcom? New Zealand's election campaign erupts in scandal.
September 11, 2014 -- Updated 0236 GMT (1036 HKT)
In the aftermath of that deadly day, the enemy quickly became clear. But now a plurality of extremist threats tests global resolve.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1321 GMT (2121 HKT)
Soviets put stray dogs into orbit. Then, next thing you know...
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 0928 GMT (1728 HKT)
Her name is Thokozile Matilda Masipa, and she is the woman who will rule whether Oscar Pistorius is a murderer.
September 9, 2014 -- Updated 1448 GMT (2248 HKT)
As a 10-year-old, this boy first hit the headlines in 1982 when he saved his cat from a fire. This year, he was reported to be a suicide bomber.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1517 GMT (2317 HKT)
After months -- if not years -- of speculation, the tech giant's first foray into wearables has arrived. Here are our first impressions.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 0805 GMT (1605 HKT)
Bali might be a popular tourist destination but there are crowd-free corners worth exploring.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1120 GMT (1920 HKT)
Scots are preparing to vote on the future of their country. Will they decide to leave the UK?
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
Today's five most popular stories