Argentina budget debate turns violent

A disagreement over the budget erupted into violence in the Argentinian parliament when opposition legislator Graciela Camano slapped fellow lawmaker Carlos Kunkel in the face.

"Under no circumstances will I allow Kunkel or anyone else to lack respect," Camano said later. "He wore me out because I have been putting up with him all year long. He kept shouting without making a single proposal."

Kunkel, a close ally of President Cristina Fernandez, did not immediately comment.

Congress has been especially tense recently, with opposition lawmakers saying Fernandez's government is exerting tremendous pressure on them to vote for the 2011 budget.