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The constituent assembly of Venezuela voted unanimously to deprive self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guadio of immunity, because his supporters are afraid to signal the impending arrest and persecution of an opposition leader who appeals to President Nicholas Maduro's rule. Maduro now refrains from Guadigo, who has the support of Trump administration and several dozen other countries.
Guaidó declared himself an interim president in January and called for several public mobilizations to convince the Venezuelans that he could succeed Maduro and help bring the country out of its political and economic crisis.
The action of the Constituent Assembly came after the judge of the Supreme Court of Venezuela, Michel Moreno, Maduro's ally, called for charges against Guayido for breaching the prohibition of government travel. At the end of February, Guaido slipped out of Venezuela and spent a week trying to rally support for his claim to a presidency from European and South American countries. Opposition leaders are also accused of incitement to violence and illegal foreign funds. Guayido criticized him and the Supreme Court, attached to Maduro.
"It's not even a persecution," he said, citing Reuters. "This is an Inquisition."
Maduro's government increased its pressure on the opposition in other ways. Last month, government agents detained Guaido Chief of Staff, Roberto Marrero, at the night raid of his house – a step Guaido was condemning as kidnapping. A press conference with Governor Ron DeSuntis was detained due to concerns about the "security situation" in Venezuela – reportedly linked to the Guaydou security