Venezuela lawmakers vote to put Maduro on trial

Maduro, opponents trade 'coup' charges in Venezuela crisis

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the opposition-majority legislature Tuesday of staging a "parliamentary coup" after lawmakers voted to put him on trial amid a tense political and economic crisis.

Accused by the legislature of "abandoning his post" and "criminal and political responsibility" for Venezuela's descent into crisis, Maduro fired back by calling a meeting of his National Defense Council on Wednesday -- the same day the opposition plans massive anti-government protests.

"We will not permit a parliamentary coup of any kind," he told cheering supporters at a rally in Caracas, af