Venezuela’s Supreme Court Seeks to Strip Guaido of Parliamentary Immunity

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) President Maikel Moreno on Monday reconfirmed the order to prohibit opposition leader Juan Guaido from leaving the country and asked the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to strip him of his parliamentary immunity. Moreno said a “certified copy of the decision will be sent to the ANC for the purpose of stripping Juan Guaido’s parliamentary immunity.”

The decision was made as the opposition leader, who self-proclaimed himself “interim president” on Jan. 23, violated the measure imposed by the TSJ a few months ago. Venezuela’s TSJ has barred Guaido from leaving the country and froze his financial assets in January.

Venezuela crisis

On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas

countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US. On February 4, most of the European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

The opposing side , Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

Source:. Xinhuanet/Tass

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