Guaido stripped of immunity

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PUERTO OR­DAZ, Venezuela – A pro-gov­ern­ment law­mak­ing body in­stalled by Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro voted on Tues­day to strip the op­po­si­tion leader Juan Guaido of par­lia­men­tary immunity, paving the way for his po­ten­tial ar­rest.

The move by the Con­stituent As­sem­bly rep­re­sents the gov­ern­ment’s latest ef­fort to raise the pressure on Guaido, who de­clared him­self in­terim pres­i­dent in Jan­uary in the big­gest chal­lenge that Maduro has faced in six years in of­fice.

In re­cent weeks, the gov­ern­ment has barred Guaido from trav­el­ing, frozen his bank accounts, be­gun in­ves­ti­gat­ing him on ter­ror­ism ac­cu­sa­tions, and pro­hib­ited him from run­ning for of­fice.

But thus far the gov­ern­ment has stopped short of de­tain­ing Guaido. The United States has re­peat­edly said that any attack on Guaido would draw a se­vere re­ac­tion.

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