Brawl Erupts in Honduras Congress Ahead of New President's Inauguration.

️ Honduras' National Congress descended into chaos Friday with newly-elected lawmakers shouting and scuffling as a new provisional board of directors was chosen.

Lawmakers exchanged blows Friday in the Honduran Congress as a dispute among members of President-elect Xiomara Castro's party turned violent.

Legislators from her leftist Libre party protested after 20 rebel members proposed Jorge Calix, one of their cohorts, as provisional congress president.

The Castro loyalists claimed this violated a pact with Libre's coalition partner.

Amid cries of "Traitors!" and "Xiomara!", angry Libre legislators forced their way to the podium while Calix was being sworn in, causing him to flee amid a hail of punches and much pushing and shoving.

It was the first sitting of the 128-member Congress since it was elected in November.

The crisis started late Thursday when Castro called her party's 50 legislators to a meeting to ask them to support Luis Redondo of the Salvador party of Honduras (PSH) as congress president.

The 20 rebel members did not attend.

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