CARACAS, Venezuela -- Lawmakers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have stripped the legal protections of an opposition politician, exposing him to potential criminal prosecution amid a struggle for control of the crisis-torn nation.
Juan Pablo Guanipa was accused Tuesday of taking part in a failed military uprising April 30 led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó aimed at toppling Maduro. It brings to 19 the number of lawmakers in the opposition-led National Assembly stripped of immunity.
Esteban Arévalo of the pro-Maduro National Constituent Assembly says they took the vote against Guanipa at the request of Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice. The high court has made no public announcements about Guanipa.