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Argentine leaders throw chairs, punches in public

world Updated: Dec 03, 2009 08:41 IST

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Argentine lawmakers pushed, punched and threw chairs at each other during a raucous session to choose the president of a northern province's lower house.

At least 10 legislators were slightly injured during the chaotic scuffle in Chaco, 1,000 kilometres north of the
capital, Buenos Aires.

Chaco Governor Jorge Capitanich said he regrets the violence, which broke out when officials from the governing
party tried to stop opposition lawmakers from entering a session of the legislature.

Legislators were seen on local television hurling plastic chairs and pushing and shouting at each other.