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Lawmakers throw haymakers in parliament (VIDEOS)

Lawmakers throw haymakers in parliament (VIDEOS)


Scuffles between MPs debating constitutional reforms drive Jordan’s parliament to adjourn

Fistfights broke out amongst lawmakers within the Jordanian parliament on Tuesday, following a heated debate on a number of controversial constitutional reforms, together with a gender equality modification. The session needed to be adjourned.

Reside footage of the minutes-long brawl aired on state media confirmed irate MPs shoving, grabbing, and throwing punches as colleagues tried to restrain them. One politician fell to the bottom throughout the fisticuffs, as voices might be heard within the background screaming for it to cease.

The battle apparently erupted over an modification to incorporate the feminine noun for a citizen in a chapter of the nation’s structure titled the ‘Rights and Duties of Jordanians’, which grants equal rights to all, the Center East Eye reported, citing Jordanian media retailers.

A number of politicians have been against the movement, terming it “pointless,” in accordance with the Al-Mamlaka channel that broadcast the session within the Home of Representatives. One MP reportedly commented that the addition of the feminine noun can be “shameful.” The remarks irked Speaker Abdelkarim al-Daghmi, presiding over the controversy, who demanded an apology.

The disagreement reportedly escalated after one other politician criticized al-Daghmi for being “unable to run the present” and accused him of “not realizing something.” To this, the speaker apparently instructed the MP to “shut up and go away the corridor” earlier than adjourning the session and strolling out himself.

The battle broke out after his departure, when opposing lawmakers started jostling and finger-wagging. Nobody was injured within the punch-up and ensuing chaos, in accordance with Reuters. Clips of the tussle have been extensively shared on social media.

“There was a verbal shouting match that changed into a fist battle by a number of deputies. The habits is unacceptable to our folks and harms our nation’s fame,” Khalil Atiyeh, an MP who witnessed the session, instructed the information company.

Different constitutional reforms scheduled to be mentioned throughout the session included the creation of a Nationwide Safety Council, and the halving of the speaker’s time period in workplace to at least one yr.

Lawmakers additionally objected to proposed modifications that would enhance the powers of the nation’s monarch, King Abdullah II, Euronews reported, including {that a} royal fee had beforehand proposed giving MPs the fitting to decide on the nation’s prime minister.