Venezuela’s Supreme Court docket has requested for opposition chief Juan Guaidó to be stripped of his parliamentary immunity, a transfer that would result in his jailing.
The professional-government Constituent Meeting is anticipated to again the request.
Mr Guaidó declared himself interim chief in January, gaining the help of greater than 50 international locations together with the US.
However President Nicolás Maduro has main allies too and retains the essential backing of the army.
Amid an influence wrestle between the 2, Venezuela has seen rising road protests over an absence of water and electrical energy.
The authorities have mentioned they are going to shorten the working day and hold faculties closed attributable to energy cuts.
On Monday, the Electrical energy Minister, Luis Motta, was changed with engineer.
The federal government has claimed the blackouts are the results of sabotage to power Mr Maduro from workplace.
What did the court docket say?
The court docket ruling mentioned Mr Guaidó needs to be prosecuted for violating a journey ban when he toured a number of Latin American international locations a couple of weeks in the past.
The Supreme Court docket has already banned him from holding workplace for a interval of 15 years and arrested his right-hand man on terrorism fees.
Mr Guaidó has not recognised the choice as having any legitimacy and is unlikely to vary something in his try to take away and exchange Mr Maduro as president, the BBC’s Will Grant in Caracas says.
However our correspondent provides it raises the stress and brings Mr Guaidó nearer to being arrested.
The US have repeatedly warned the Maduro authorities that arresting or harming Mr Guaidó would have “critical penalties”.
What is the background?
Mr Maduro narrowly gained a presidential election in 2013 after the dying of his mentor, President Hugo Chávez. He was elected to a second time period in 2018 in an election seen as flawed by worldwide observers.
Venezuela has skilled financial collapse – inflation was 800,000% final yr. Three million individuals have left.
Mr Guaidó has accused President Maduro of being unfit for workplace, and gained the help of many within the nation in addition to US and EU leaders.
The Maduro authorities is changing into more and more remoted however Russia has expanded co-operation with Caracas – rising arms gross sales and increasing credit score.