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Ukraine’s newly elected parliament has chosen a pro-government speaker amid violent brawls between pro-presidential and opposition lawmakers. On Thursday, opposition lawmakers swarmed the parliament’s presidium and a fight erupted with pro-government legislators. The opposition demanded that their opponents stop voting in place of their absent colleagues.

Published: December 13, 2012

Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.

AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov