In symbolic move, Venezuelan Congress opens trial of President Maduro
Published December 03, 2016
Congressional President Henry Ramos Allup, left center, gives a speech during a special session of 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)
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Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the country's constitutional order.
The move was widely expected after lawmakers declared themselves in open rebellion following the suspension last week of a recall referendum seeking Maduro's removal. But it's unlikely to have any legal effect as the government-stacked Supreme Court has already invalidated all legislation emerging from the National Assembly.
In Tuesday's vote, lawmakers ordered Maduro to appear before congress next week to defend himself.
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