Tensions have grown between ruling and opposition politicians since legislative elections in July when main coalition misplaced its snug majority.
A violent brawl broke out in Senegal’s parliament after a male opposition legislator slapped a feminine colleague within the face, tv footage confirmed, amid rising acrimony between ruling and opposition occasion politicians.
Throughout a funds presentation on Thursday, opposition member of parliament Massata Samb walked over and slapped Amy Ndiaye Gniby of the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition, setting off a flurry of scuffles.
Gniby threw a chair again at Samb earlier than one other MP tackled her to the ground. The session was suspended as politicians traded blows, accusations and insults.
Tensions have grown between ruling and opposition politicians since a July legislative election wherein the ruling occasion misplaced its snug majority, broken partially by considerations President Macky Sall will search a 3rd time period in 2024.
Sall has refused to state clearly whether or not he plans to run for a 3rd time period, a transfer the opposition says could be in breach of time period limits and an earlier promise.
Supporters of Sall, aged 60, argue a constitutional reform reset the clock, permitting him to run once more.
One other scuffle broke out in September when parliament convened for the primary time after the election as legislators fought over management of the home.
Samb on Thursday was addressing the meeting about feedback Gniby remodeled the weekend wherein she criticised a non secular chief against a 3rd Sall time period.
“Mister President, a deputy has stood in entrance of this tribune to insult somebody’s marabout [spiritual leader],” mentioned Samb.
Gniby scoffed at his remarks and declared she didn’t care, after which Samb walked over and hit her.
Footage of the combat has been shared extensively on social media, sparking debate about violence in opposition to girls.