When Lawmakers Attack ...

In a bit of political drama that made the US 2000 Presidential Election [wiki] look like a neighborhood misunderstanding, Felipe Calderón [wiki] of the right-of-center National Action Party took oath as the President of Mexico amidst jeers and protests:

Felipe Calderon took the oath of office as Mexico's president in a lightning-fast ceremony Friday before Congress that was preceded by a brawl between lawmakers divided over the tight presidential election.

Calderon entered through a back door and appeared suddenly on the speaker's platform, which was the site of three days of fistfights and sit-ins by lawmakers seeking to control the stage.

Yes, that's right: fistfight and chair-throwing rampage [YouTube] in the Mexican Congress.

Here's one more clip of the fistfight [Google Video]

Not one to let bygones be bygones, Calderón opponent, Andrés Manuel López Obrador [wiki] of the Party of the Democratic Revolution declared himself president!

At least they didn't hold a food fight, à la the Taiwan Parliament in 2004!

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We're pretty lucky to be free of that kind of violence! From a personal view, I think he's going to lead Mexico in the wrong kind of direction. Despite that, any president that is elected amid that much turmoil and division is pretty much screwed... is it just me, or does the world seem to be getting much more divided/polarized?
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