Venezuela's new cabinet sworn in

Updated: 2013-04-23 15:40


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Venezuela's new cabinet sworn in

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters as he arrives at the oath-taking ceremony of new cabinet ministers in Caracas, April 22, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

CARACAS - Newly elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday swore in his new cabinet, pledging to continue the Bolivarian Revolution.

"This act is very important, today on April 22, 2013. By swearing in this government team we are starting a new cycle of the Bolivarian Revolution," said Maduro during the swearing-in ceremony.

Briefing the audience on the profiles of his ministers, he instructed the cabinet to initiate the "government of street", which he had promised in his campaign for the presidency.

Maduro on Sunday announced the reshuffle of the government, in which he kept most of the ministers of late President Hugo Chavez's administration.

Maduro was inaugurated as Venezuela's president Friday at a ceremony held in the National Assembly. He will serve his tenure as president till 2019.

In Sunday's presidential election, Maduro garnered 50.75 percent of the vote, defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles who got 48.97 percent of the vote.