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Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday held two competing parliamentary sessions after pro-government legislators stormed out of the official parliament hall and moved to a nearby building in response to a protest by opposition parties.
Ukraine's newly elected parliament on Thursday approved two presidential allies for the posts of prime minister and parliament speaker, but the vote was nearly overshadowed by a violent brawl between government supporters and opposition lawmakers.
Reports of widespread election irregularities continued to roll in Tuesday as the ballot count from Sunday's parliamentary vote neared its conclusion. The extremist Svodoa Party is virtually assured of having a bloc of seats in the next parliament, further straining relationships between Ukraine and the European Union.
Ukraine's parliamentary election was marked by an uneven playing field and biased media coverage that reversed many of the democratic gains the country had made earlier, international observers said Monday.
Political allies of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych appeared on track to retaining control over the country's parliament as polls closed Sunday, although opposition parties charged voting irregularities in an election seen as a test for the government's commitment to democracy.
Ukrainians voted in an election on Sunday that was expected to maintain President Viktor Yanukovych's parliamentary majority, despite his rollback of democracy during nearly three years in power.
Ukrainians will vote for a new parliament Sunday in an election overshadowed by political scandal, foreign intrigue and economic panic, as officials try to convince domestic and international critics that the balloting will be free and fair.
Ukraine's often tumultuous politics plunged into actual chaos when a fight in parliament sent at least six legislators to the hospital with concussions, a fractured jaw and multiple bruises.