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Maduro's opponents flame Venezuela birther debate

  • Lawmakers stand as a group of government supporters force their way into the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Lawmakers stand as a group of government supporters force their way into the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Government supporters interrupted a special congressional session where lawmakers were discussing bringing legal charges against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lawmakers hold an emergency session at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. After the government suspended a recall referendum seeking the president's removal last week, the opposition-controlled congress began debating Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "constitutional situation." Lawmakers vow to present evidence that he's a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office.  (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

    Lawmakers hold an emergency session at Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. After the government suspended a recall referendum seeking the president's removal last week, the opposition-controlled congress began debating Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "constitutional situation." Lawmakers vow to present evidence that he's a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ruling party lawmaker Pedro Carreño speaks during a special session of Congress as Henry Ramos Allup, president of Congress, top left, looks on in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. After the government suspended a recall referendum seeking the president's removal last week, the opposition-controlled congress began debating Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "constitutional situation." Lawmakers vow to present evidence that he's a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office.  (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

    Ruling party lawmaker Pedro CarreƱo speaks during a special session of Congress as Henry Ramos Allup, president of Congress, top left, looks on in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. After the government suspended a recall referendum seeking the president's removal last week, the opposition-controlled congress began debating Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "constitutional situation." Lawmakers vow to present evidence that he's a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)  (The Associated Press)

A birther date in Venezuela is heating up as President Nicolas Maduro's opponents seek to push the embattled socialist leader from office at any cost.

On Tuesday, the opposition-controlled congress will hold a debate on Maduro's "constitutional situation" in which lawmakers vow to present evidence that he's a dual Colombian citizen and therefore constitutionally ineligible to hold Venezuela's highest office.

Ever since taking office in 2013 Maduro has been beset by unsubstantiated claims that he was born in his mother's native Colombia.

But the birther argument is nonetheless gaining momentum after the opposition last week declared itself in open rebellion over the decision to suspend a recall referendum seeking Maduro's removal.

As lawmakers meet Maduro is expected to address supporters upon his arrival from a tour of the Middle East.