Maduro swearing-in is fraud: Venezuela opposition chief

Venezuela's opposition leader charged Friday that the government was committing fraud by going ahead with the swearing-in of Nicolas Maduro as acting president following the death of Hugo Chavez.

"This swearing-in is fraudulent," Henrique Capriles, tipped as the opposition's candidate in upcoming elections, said after the Supreme Court ruled that Maduro could become acting president while polls are called within 30 days.

"Nicolas, nobody elected you president. The people didn't vote for you, kid," said Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October presidential election.

He argued that the constitution requires the vice president to step down from his post in order to run for president.

Capriles also took issue with the court's ruling allowing Maduro to be "acting" president instead of "caretaker" president.