Maduro loyalists strip Venezuela's Juan Guaido of immunity

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The country's constituent assembly, which is backed by President Maduro, acted on a request from the Supreme Court to remove the parliamentary immunity possessed by Mr Guaido because of his position as president of the National Assembly.

The Supreme Court on Monday had reiterated a previous measure blocking Guaido from leaving the country, an order which he openly violated in February when he embarked on a tour of Latin American nations to bolster support for his campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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He declared himself Venezuela's interim president in January, and vowed to overthrow Maduro.

Earlier Tuesday, Guaido told reporters that he has no plans to end street demonstrations and that recent rulings amounted to little more than threats by a government that had long trampled the rule of law.

"The people are determined and nothing is going to stop us", he said.

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó has been stripped of immunity from prosecution in a move that could pave the way to his arrest.

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The Trump administration has previously warned that there... Constituent Assembly president and socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello accused the opposition of naively inviting a foreign invasion and of inciting a civil war.

When American "humanitarian convoys" were attempted to be sent through several states, they were meant to provoke a large-scale civil war and henceforth carry out an armed intervention in that state.

Tuesday night's vote was unanimous. The action must be approved by the National Assembly - steps that weren't taken in Guaido's case.

Parliament speaker Juan Guaido, whom dozens of countries have recognized as the country's interim president, is trying to persuade the public sector and the army to support his attempt to oust Maduro, who won a second term in a contested election a year ago. On January 5 Guaido was elected the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which all other government branches have been refusing to recognize since 2016.

Maduro blames Washington for trying to install a puppet government to seize Venezuela's vast oil reserves.

It also authorized the high court to criminally prosecute him for proclaiming himself the country's top leader. Officials jailed his chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, accused of involvement in a "terrorist" scheme to overthrow the government.

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