The Strategist

Venezuelan Supreme Court demands to deprive Guaidó of parliamentary immunity

04/02/2019 - 12:11

On Monday, April 1, the Supreme Court of Venezuela called for depriving interim President Juan Guaidó of parliamentary immunity. The corresponding requirement was sent to the Legislative Assembly, loyal to Nicolas Maduro.

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There are currently two investigations being conducted against Juan Guaidó in Venezuela. In late March, Head of the General Control Directorate of Venezuela removed the interim president from the post of Head of the country's parliament, and also prohibited him from holding public office for 15 years. The oppositionist stated that the decree issued by the country's chief auditor is null and void.

In turn, Guaidó again called on Venezuelans to go on demonstrations against water supply problems and ongoing power cuts. "We will protest and make demands, we will go to the streets of Venezuela, because we have the right to do so," the interim president’s statement released on Monday, April 1, reads.

According to statements by Guaidó, demonstration called "Operation Freedom", which will begin in Venezuela on April 6, is aimed at overthrowing Nicolas Maduro. The interim president accuses Head of Venezuela of falsifying election results.

Venezuela has been experiencing an acute political crisis for about two months. On January 22, immediately after Nicolas Maduro assumed the presidency for a second term, mass protests began in the country. The next day, the chairman of the oppositional Maduro Venezuelan parliament, Juan Guaidó, declared himself the interim president.

Most of the EU countries, as well as the USA, Canada, Australia, part of the countries of Latin America and the Organization of American States, have recognized Guaidó as the legitimate leader. However, in Venezuela itself, he has not yet succeeded in creating a serious danger to the ruling regime of Maduro, on whose side the country's armed forces are still located.