Venezuelas Constituent Assembly, which rules the South American country with absolute powers, plans to strip parliamentary immunity from opposition lawmakers who backed a failed uprising this week, leader Diosdado Cabello said Sunday.
“The prosecutors office opened its file, all the requests to lift parliamentary immunity are coming to the Constituent Assembly, as it should be, and… we will certainly raise our hands to remove parliamentary immunity from all those who actively participated in that act,” Cabello said.
On Tuesday, around 30 soldiers carried out a failed uprising against President Nicolas Maduro near La Carlota Air Base in Caracas in a move backed by opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries.
Several deputies of the National Assembly, the only Venezuelan organ of power held by the opposition, backed Guaido, who presides over the body.
Guaido called Tuesdays ultimately failed uprising the beginning of a “freedom operation” seeking to remove Maduro from power.
“Justice is going to come, theres no doubt about that… let us not despair,” Cabello, considered Maduros right-hand man, said during a speech with activists of the ruling PSUV party in Caracas.
After the failed uprising, denounced by Maduro as a “coup-style skirmish,” some 25 soldiers took refuge at embassies, along with top opposition figure Leopoldo Read More – Source