Venezuela’s chief justice is asking pro-government lawmakers to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of immunity from prosecution.
The request by Supreme Court Justice Maikel Moreno on Monday takes a further step toward prosecuting Guaido for alleged crimes.
Guaido is seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro with support from the United States among some 50 countries who declared Maduro’s presidency as illegitimate. Moreno is a political ally of the Maduro.
Moreno asked the pro-Maduro National Constituent Assembly to waive immunity Guaido holds as a member of Venezuela’s National Assembly.
Officials loyal to Maduro have already said that Guaido is under investigation for inciting violence against the government and receiving illicit funds.
Venezuelans struggled on Monday to understand an announcement by President Nicolas Maduro that the nation’s electricity is being rationed to combat daily blackouts.
Office worker Raquel Mayorca said she didn’t know if her lights were off because of another power failure — or whether it was part of the government’s plans.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Juan Guaido continued his calls for Maduro to step down and appeared to use the blackouts as political capital, saying years of neglect by the socialist government had left the grid in shambles.