Venezuela's new honcho is proving to be no less dramatic than Hugo Chavez, with Nicolas Maduro breaking into state television no fewer than three times yesterday to blast the US and opponent Henrique Capriles. As the New York Times reports, Maduro worked "himself into what seemed to be near hysteria, shouting until he was nearly out of breath," and compared the opposition to Nazis, accusing them of plotting no less than a coup and civil war. Maduro—narrowly declared the winner of the presidential election—also accused the US of being behind post-election violence that government officials say has killed seven, the AP reports.
Maduro vowed to block a march by supporters of Capriles, who says he is the real winner of the election and has demanded a recount, the Times adds. "I will use a hard hand against fascism and intolerance," Maduro vowed in one of the broadcasts. "If they want to overthrow me, come and get me. Here I am, with the people and the armed forces.” The US is also demanding a recount, saying it will not recognize Maduro as leader until one takes places.