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In not-a-first, fistfight breaks out in Ukraine parliament (VIDEO)


KIEV, UKRAINE: Deputies of the opposition fight with deputies of the majority for a second time in two days, during the second session of the newly elected Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on December 13, 2012. The opening session of the Verkhkovna Rada began in a typically raucous fashion, after the October 28 parliamentary elections which were condemned by the West as a setback for democracy. A fight erupted in the chamber between opposition MPs and two deputies whom they accused of defecting to the pro-government camp. Several lawmakers from the opposition nationalist Svoboda group chased two men they called "turncoats" -- a father and a son -- to prevent them from taking the oath.



Having a bad day? At least you're not being pummeled by Ukrainian lawmakers. From Reuters in Kiev: 

These are not the first punches thrown by Ukraine's esteemed lawmakers. To be fair, though, the Ukrainians aren't the only ones with a rather colorful history in this regard, as the accompanying slideshow makes all too amusingly clear.