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Venezuela detains top aide to Guaido in move U.S. calls 'big mistake'

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By Vivian Sequera and Angus Berwick

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Guaido 'invoked the constitution clause' the same way that 'free man of the land' types do in the US and Canada.

Which is to say in complete disregard for what it actually says, in the belief that their rather bizarre interpretations, that completely ignores the majority of the language that limits or prohibits the clauses they cite, and then explodes the small bit that allows a small exception under extremely limited circumstances that aren't in existence to an unlimited exception under any circumstances.

It's rather like saying that someone who has kidnapped and enslaved people has 'invoked the constitution' because they have cited the clauses allowing the police to arrest someone, and the clauses allowing the courts to sentence people to jail.

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Guaido invoked the constitution in January to assume the interim presidency

Reuters conveniently forgot to mention that the constitutional clause Guaido invoked requires the interim president to call elections within 30 days. Guaido has refused to do so.

Thus, constitutionally, Guaido's claim to the presidency is totally null and void and has no legal basis whatsoever.

Guaido has promised to give control of Venezuela's oil back to ConocoPhillips though, thus the US likes him.

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