CARACAS, Venezuela – The Latest on Venezuela’s Crisis (all times local):
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he knows he runs the risk of being arrested for pushing to oust President Nicolas Maduro
But a defiant Guaidó said Tuesday that he is undeterred. The 35-year-old opposition leader spoke publicly after an assembly loyal to Maduro stripped of his immunity from prosecution.
he declared himself interim president
Guaidó has backing from more than 50 nations, including the United States, which rejected Maduro as illegitimately.
Maduro loyalists stripped Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó of immunity Tuesday, paving the way for the opposition leader’s prosecution and potential arrest for supposedly violating the constitution when he declared himself interim president.
But whether the government of President Nicolas Maduro will take action against the 35-year-old lawmaker remains unclear. Guaidó has embarked on an international campaign to top the president’s socialist administration amid deepening social unrest in the country plagiarism by nearly a month of power outages. So far, however, Maduro has avoided jailing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and roughly 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
The Trump administration has threatened the Maduro government with a strong response to Guaido is harmed and Florida Senator Marco Rubio ̵
1; who has Trump’s ear on Venezuela policy – said before the vote that nations recognizes Guaidó as his country’s legitimate leader should take any attempt by Maduro’s government to “abduct” him as a coup. [Rubioisacooperativewiththisshouldbetreatedasacoupplotter&dealtwithaccordingly”RubiosaidonTwitter