POLITICS

Venezuela MPs In Parliament Punch-Up Over Disputed Election (VIDEO)

01/05/2013 11:20 BST

MPs in Venezuela's are recovering from a parliamentary punch-up on Tuesday triggered by a disputed election result.

The fight broke out after MPs supportive of presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro passed a law denying opposition MPs from speaking in the parliament unless they accepted that Maduro had won.

On Monday figures showed Maduro, the sucessor to Hugo Chavez, had won the election by just 225,000 votes (1.49%.).

Pro-government MPs started throwing punches after opposition members unfurled a protest banner inside the parliament.

Julio Borges, one of the MPs injured in the fight, told a local TV station:"They can beat us, jail us, kill us, but we will not sell out our principles," Borges said. "These blows give us more strength."