Venezuela's Guaido says intelligence agents have detained his deputy

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Published on May 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

Venezuela's Guaido says intelligence agents have detained his deputy

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Wednesday that intelligence agents had detained his deputy, the first arrest of a lawmaker since Guaido tried to spark a military uprising last week to bring down President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Mia Womersley reports


Venezuela's Guaido says intelligence agents have detained his deputy

Venezuela has detained the opposition leader's deputy - using a tow truck to drag his vehicle away with him inside it.

And prompting the U.S. government to warn of 'consequences' if he is not released.

The country's intelligence agency seized Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, headed by Juan Guaido.

It's the first arrest of a lawmaker since Guaido tried to spark a military uprising last week to bring down President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Venezuela's pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly on Tuesday (May 7) agreed to strip Zambrano and six others of their parliamentary immunity to allow their future prosecution.

The Supreme Court had earlier accused those lawmakers of conspiracy, rebellion and treason.

The opposition says Maduro has stacked the court with his own supporters.

And the U.S. this week threatened to sanction all its members.

Guaido is recognized by the United States and other Western countries as the rightful head of state.

He invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency.

And denounced Maduro as illegitimate after he secured re-election last year in a vote widely viewed as fraudulent.

Last week's uprising failed to dislodge Maduro, as have a series of U.S. sanctions against his government.

Maduro decried the events as an attempted coup.

Maduro has overseen the collapse of Venezuela's economy, which has shrunk by half over the past five years, forcing more than 3 million Venezuelans to emigrate.

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