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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Left Ousted

KIEV -- Fights broke out in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday as centrist and rightist deputies seized places held by rival left-wingers during a weeklong sit-in.

It was the latest twist in a dispute that has seen parliament split into two factions, each vying for legitimacy, prompting fears abroad that crucial market reforms may be blocked and Ukraine's fledgling democracy jeopardized.

After the scuffles, around 80 center-right deputies could be seen holding the key places in the chamber in readiness to begin a parliamentary session at 10 a.m.

President Leonid Kuchma has made plain he backs the 250-strong centrist group against the smaller leftist one in their claims for legitimacy.