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Romania: ex-boxer Mike Tyson calls for order

Former boxer Mike Tyson plays with the gavel used by the President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies while visiting the giant palace built by late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, which houses the Romanian Parliament, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Tyson arrived in Romania to promote an energy drink. (Mihai Poziumschi, Agerpres via AP)
October 05, 2016 - 7:18 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson banged a gavel in Romania's Chamber of Deputies, as if calling for order following a chaotic tour of the giant palace built by late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Tyson, 50, was surrounded by dozens of journalists on Wednesday as he toured the palace, which houses the parliament. Despite being flanked by U.S. and Romanian security personnel, Tyson struggled to move at times because of the swarm.

Journalists were excluded when Tyson went into the Chamber of Deputies, where he was greeted by former tennis star Ilie Nastase, now a Romanian senator.

Tyson accepted an invitation to sit in the speaker's chair, and grinned as he enthusiastically pounded the gavel.

He was visiting in Romania to promote an energy drink.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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