Deputies from three main opposition parties chanted “Hanba!
Hanba!” (Shame!) when Azarov’s name was invoked and encircled
the speaker’s rostrum, preventing a scheduled vote taking place
on his re-nomination by President Viktor Yanukovich.
Blows were exchanged when two elected deputies – a father
and son – were prevented from taking the oath. Opposition
deputies physically ejected them from the chamber, accusing them
of defecting to the ruling coalition, led by Yanukovich’s Party
of the Regions.
The opposition protests effectively paralysed the session
and parties left the chamber, agreeing to reconvene on Thursday.