A wild brawl was caught on video in Senegal’s parliament this week after a male opposition lawmaker slapped a female colleague of the ruling party, reports say.
The confrontation between Massata Samb and Amy Ndiaye Gniby of the Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition erupted during a budget presentation.
Samb was addressing the chamber about recent comments Gniby had made in which she had criticized a spiritual leader’s opposition to the idea of President Macky Sall seeking a third term, according to Reuters.
“Mister president, a deputy has stood in front of this tribune to insult someone’s marabout [spiritual leader],” Samb was quoted by Reuters as saying.
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But after Gniby reportedly scoffed at Samb and indicated she didn’t care, he walked over and was seen on video swinging at her.
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As lawmakers tried to separate the two, Gniby is seen hurling a chair at Samb and being kicked by another male individual in the chest.
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More lawmakers then entered the fray, with one picking up the chair and shouting at Samb.
The two sides eventually were separated.