Fist fights broke out again in Somalia's parliament over the choice of speaker.
Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan was sacked as speaker last month in a controversial move that sparked wild brawls.
Lawmakers elected a new speaker Wednesday, triggering more fist fights, with several of Adan's supporters injured in the fracas, according to Agence France-Presse.
Somalia's transitional government controls only Mogadishu, defended from al Shabaab rebels by 10,000 African Union peacekeepers.
The BBC reported on the violence:
Punches were thrown, MPs hit each other with chairs, some used pens to stab one another. Three were taken to hospital.
In a vote, a majority of Somalia's 287 lawmakers chose Madobe Nunow to be parliamentary speaker, AFP reported.
But Somalia's President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a committee meeting condemned Nunow's election, calling it "null and void."
The apparent inability of Somalia's transitional leadership to conduct even its own parliament peacefully offers a grim prospect for the war-torn nation, where elections are due August under a UN-backed deal.
Adan was impeached in December by MPs upset that he had not convened the 550-seat parliament for two months.
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