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Ukraine parliament convenes amid protest, shoving

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Ukrainian deputies push and shove on December 12, 2012 before the opening ceremony of the newly elected Ukrainian parliament in Kiev.

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Heavyweight Champion boxer Vitali Klitschko, center, talks to members of his group during the first session of the new parliament on Dec. 12, 2012.

The first session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament was marred by a protest and a skirmish between deputies.  

President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions secured a slim majority in parliament after an election criticized by the West as unfair over the jailing of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko.

A group of opposition deputies took their places in parliament wearing matching sweaters featuring a portrait of Tymoshenko.

New opposition faces taking the oath on Wednesday included world heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, who heads the UDAR (Punch) party, and Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of the Svoboda far-right nationalists who made a surprisingly strong showing in the October poll.

-- The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Reuters

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Ukrainian opposition deputies wear sweaters featuring a portrait of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and reading on the reverse "Free political prisoners!".

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Members of parliament scuffle with colleagues elected from their party but who later refused to join a faction, at the first session of newly-elected Ukrainian parliament on December 12, 2012.

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Members of parliament scuffle with colleagues elected from their party but who later refused to join a faction, at the first session of parliament on December 12, 2012.

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