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Venezuela’s Maduro, Opposition Allege Coup Ahead of Protests

  • Opposition-controlled Congress plans political trial of Maduro
  • Defense minister says armed forces will uphold rule of law
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, gestures while addressing pro-government supporters in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, gestures while addressing pro-government supporters in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Venezuela’s government and opposition dug in for a protracted fight Tuesday, with each side accusing the other of waging a coup ahead of national protests planned for Wednesday.

The country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly voted to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, approving a measure to summon him to testify next Tuesday as they investigate him for violating the constitution and possibly abandoning his post.