The Venezuelan lawmakers have cut off Juan Guaido from immunity, paving the way for opposition leader's prosecution and potential arrests for allegedly violating the constitution when he declared himself a temporary president.
"[Guaido’s prosecution] is officially approved," Diosdado Cabello, chief of the Constituent Assembly said after an assembly vote Tuesday.
But if President Nicolas Maduro's government will intervene against the 35-year-old legislators, it is unclear.
Guaido has launched an international campaign to overthrow Maduro's administration amid the deepening of the social turmoil in the country, plagued by nearly a month of power outages.
He declared Venezuela's temporary president in January and promised to overthrow Maduro. So far, Maduro has avoided catching the man that the administration of US President Donald Trump and about 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela's legitimate leader.
Cabello accused the opposition of naïve inviting a foreign invasion and inciting a civil war.
"They don't care about the deaths," Cabello said. "They have no idea what the consequences of the war are for a country."
The Constituent Assembly met one day after Maduro Allies and Venezuela Supreme Court Maikel Moreno ordered the Legislature to remove Guaido's immunity for violating an order prohibiting him from leaving the country while under investigation by lawyer.
The opposition leader is also accused of encouraging violence in connection with street protests and receiving illegal funds from abroad.
The Constitution guarantees immunity for the elected officials and states that in order to withdraw immunity, the accused legislator must submit an initial hearing to the Supreme Court. The action must be approved by the National Assembly ̵
Maduro accuses Washington of trying to overthrow him and install Guaido's puppet government with the purpose of seizing Venezuela's large oil reserves.