Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fight breaks out among Venezuelan lawmakers

Tension had been building since Jan. 5, when the winners of last fall’s legislative elections assumed their seats.

Due to an opposition boycott of the 2005 balloting, the previous legislature was overwhelmingly dominated by Chavez supporters, but foes of the president hold around 40 percent of the seats in the new assembly.

Thursday’s session turned nasty after opposition member Alfonso Marquina walked to the podium to protest heckling from Chavez supporters in the gallery.