TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Rival lawmakers in the Georgian capital's city council brawled during a debate over the energy crisis suffered by the country in recent days.

Some lawmakers say plenty of ill-will was left over in the council following a December 2 brawl during a debate over the city budget.

The fight Tuesday between members of the National Movement ruling party and opposition lawmakers erupted as the opposition criticized President Mikhail Saakashvili's government for how the crisis was handled.

Much of the country was without gas and electricity for days after explosions on a Russia gas pipeline and after winter weather downed high-power electric lines.

Saakashvili has accused Russia of waging an energy blockade against it in retaliation for its government's pro-Western policies and has promised to diversify the country's energy imports.