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Originally published Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3:23 AM

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Ukraine parliament session seized by ruling party

Ukrainian pro-government legislators are defying an opposition protest and have moved a parliament session out of the parliament hall to a nearby building.

The Associated Press

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KIEV, Ukraine —

Ukrainian pro-government legislators are defying an opposition protest and have moved a parliament session out of the parliament hall to a nearby building.

Opposition leaders on Thursday called the move a "coup d'etat," demanded an investigation and held a competing parliament session in the parliament building.

The move was likely to throw Ukrainian politics into further turmoil. Parliament had been virtually paralyzed for months since the October legislative election, which gave the party of President Viktor Yanukovych a majority. Opposition lawmakers have been paralyzing legislative work in protest of various government policies they consider to be undemocratic.

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