Maduro sworn in for 2nd term in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro. (MGN/file)
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has taken the oath of office for his second six-year term.

Thursday's swearing-in comes amid widespread international condemnation over allegations that his election was undemocratic.

In his remarks, Maduro vowed to continue the socialist revolution under way for two decades.

Maduro's popularity has plunged amid scarcities of basic goods, hyperinflation and rising authoritarianism that have sparked a mass emigration.

A the United States and a dozen Latin American countries reject Maduro's legitimacy, saying he rigged the election granting him another six-year term.

Presidents of Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua attended the inauguration to support Maduro.