>> With pump and show, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, kicked off a second term on Thursday defying critics in the US and Latin America, who call him a dictator.>>
>> Critics blame Maduro for creating economic chaos that has plunged Venezuela into a humanitarian crisis with severe food and medicine shortages, and an exodus of millions of citizens seeking to escape the hardship.
> The inauguration coming even as the global community has questioned the legitimacy of Venezuela's election. Reuters correspondent Brian Ellsworth was at the inauguration in Caracas.>> Today's inauguration puts him in charge of this troubled nation until 2025. Critics are saying his new term in office is illegitimate, because they say the election last year that was widely boycotted by the opposition was rigged in his favor.
Maduro blames the US and local opposition for the country's woes. Opposition activists have called for protests on Thursday. Authorities have responded by filling streets with police checkpoints and rifle-toting troops.