11 December 2015

Scuffles erupt at Ukraine's parliament, PM dragged from post

Oleh Barna, a Ukrainian lawmaker from the Block of Petro Poroshenko, second left, tries pull Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk out from the podium during his speech at a parliamentary session in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday Dec. 11, 2015.
Scuffles involving several dozen lawmakers have erupted at Ukraine's parliament after one deputy tried to drag the prime minister away from the rostrum.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk was giving his report at the Supreme Rada on Friday when a deputy from the president's party went up to the rostrum with a bunch of red roses. After he handed the roses to Yatsenyuk, Oleh Barna took him by the waist and put his hands around his leg, trying to drag him away as Yatsenyuk clutched onto the rostrum.

Barna has been collecting signatures for the resignation of the highly unpopular Yatsenyuk.
Dozens of lawmakers from Yatsenyuk's party rushed to defend the prime minister and scuffles erupted.
Barna's party said later Friday they have expelled him from the parliamentary faction over the incident. 
(AP) 
Oleh Barna, a Ukrainian lawmaker from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, left, tries pull Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk out from the podium during his speech at a parliamentary session in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday Dec. 11, 2015.
Oleh Barna, a Ukrainian lawmaker from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, left, tries pull Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk out from the podium during his speech at a parliamentary session in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday Dec. 11, 2015.  
Ukrainian lawmakers fight each other right after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk's speech during a parliamentary session in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday Dec. 11, 2015.
Ukrainian lawmakers fight each other right after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk's speech during a parliamentary session in the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday Dec. 11, 2015.  
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenuk delivers a speech to Ukrainian lawmakers in Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenuk delivers a speech to Ukrainian lawmakers in Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. 

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