Take That! How To Solve Legislative Difficulties, The Ukrainian Way : The Two-WayUkraine's parliament is the site of two days of brawling, triggered by opposition deputies who oppose some political nominations. It's not the first time this has happened.
Ukrainian parliamentarians don't need the wimpy American filibuster. When deputies want to try to block a nomination, they simply storm the rostrum. This week, Ukrainian opposition delegates were outraged over the ruling government coalition's picks for speaker of the chamber and prime minister, notes USA Today. So they started brawls on the floor, including today's contretemps:
Ukrainian parliament brawl, Dec. 12, 2012.
One of the Ukrainian deputies who did not fight was world heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko, observes KyivPost. It's probably a good thing, too.
"I understand many people want Klitschko to launch an offensive," he said, without explaining the third person reference. "But I would like to remind (them) that, for example, in the United States a boxers fists are considered weapons and the fists of a world champion are considered nuclear weapons."