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A brawl broke out during a session of the Jordanian parliament devoted to discussing a draft constitutional amendment proposed by the government, prompting the president to adjourn the session.

The spirits were heated and Jordanian deputies came to blows on December 28 during a debate relating to equality between men and women within the framework of a constitutional reform. The fight resulted in an interruption of the session.

The government wishes to amend the Constitution, and in particular to add the mention “Jordanian women” in chapter II of the fundamental text entitled “rights and duties of Jordanians” which relates in particular to the equal rights of citizens.

Several deputies opposed this modification, deeming it “unnecessary”, according to the channel. al-Mamlaka who broadcast the session. Stormy exchanges ensued between the deputies, and between some of them and the Speaker of Parliament Abdelkarim al-Daghmi.

“It is “eib“for us to add the word Jordanian,” said one of them, Raed Smeirat, in particular, using an Arabic term with a very negative connotation which could be likened in this context to “shame” or “dishonor”. MP immediately angered the Leader of Parliament who cut him off and demanded an apology. , who replied that such words had no right of the city in the hemicycle.

The situation also became tense between Abdelkarim al-Daghmi and another elected official, Suleiman Abou Yahya, accused by the president of the assembly of throwing “oil on the fire”. The latter had asked the head of the assembly to adjourn the session, but Abdelkarim al-Daghmi refused at first, attracting a “You don’t understand anything!” from his interlocutor.

The Head of Parliament told him then asked to leave the room. “Shut up and get out,” he told him, before a fight broke out between several deputies, including Abu Yahya, according to images broadcast live, as Abdelkarim al-Daghmi left the assembly.

The session was finally postponed to December 29. Other constitutional amendments to be debated include the creation of a “National Security Council”, the reduction of the mandate of the head of parliament from two years to one year. The Constitution, promulgated in 1952 by the grandfather of King Abdullah II, has already been amended 29 times, past amendments according to experts having given more powers to the king to the detriment of the legislature.

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