Punches Thrown in Venezuelan Parliament over Election Dispute

Via the BBC: Venezuela MPs in punch-up over disputed election

Fistfights have broken out in Venezuela’s parliament over the recent disputed presidential election.

Several legislators were left bloodied and bruised, with both opposition and pro-government lawmakers accusing each other of starting the fight.

A measure was earlier passed denying MPs the right to speak until they recognised Nicolas Maduro as president.

There is video at the link.

On the one hand, there is an understandable impulse to find humor in these kinds of situations.  However, the truth is that when fist fights are breaking out on the floor of the legislature, this is not good for Venezuela’s tenuous democracy or for governance in general.

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter