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Jordanian MPs exchange punches as brawl erupts on the floor of the country’s parliament [Video]


Moment Jordanian MPs exchange punches as brawl erupts on the floor of the country’s parliament

  • Fistfight broke out during live-streamed debate in Jordanian parliament today 
  • MPs discussed an amendment adding Arabic female noun for Jordanian citizen
  • Heated fight happened in Jordan’s capital Amman and MPs had to be separated 


A fistfight broke out in Jordanian parliament today during a live-streamed debate about constitutional reforms.

Several deputies had discussed a draft amendment, which would add the Arabic female noun for a Jordanian citizen into a chapter in the constitution on equal rights, on December 28. 

But MPs angrily shouted it was ‘useless’ during the heated debate in the House of Representatives in Jordan’s capital Amman, which was broadcast live on Al-Mamlaka television channel.

A fistfight broke out in Jordanian parliament today during a live-streamed debate about constitutional reforms in the House of Representatives in Amman

The short clip, which has been viewed over 60,000 times on Twitter, shows MPs punching and shoving each other whilst arguing and exchanging furious insults

The short clip, which has been viewed over 60,000 times on Twitter, shows MPs punching and shoving each other whilst arguing and exchanging furious insults 

The short clip, which has been viewed over 60,000 times on Twitter, shows MPs punching and shoving each other whilst arguing and exchanging furious insults.

One deputy fell to the ground during the fistfight, which lasted a few minutes – forcing the session to be adjourned until tomorrow. 

A row between Deputy Suleiman Abu Yahya and parliament House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi quickly erupted during the session, which caused it to descend into further chaos.  

Mr Abu Yahya accused Mr Dughmi of being ‘unable to run the show’ and claimed he knew ‘nothing’.  

In response, Mr Dughmi angrily said: ‘Shut up and leave the hall’ and after a few moments walked out.

Luckily, no one was injured during the brawl, which began after a member of parliament refused to apologise over remarks made when discussing the country’s constitutional reforms.  

Several deputies had discussed a draft amendment adding the Arabic female noun for a Jordanian citizen into the constitution's section on equal rights on December 28

Several deputies had discussed a draft amendment adding the Arabic female noun for a Jordanian citizen into the constitution’s section on equal rights on December 28

A row between Deputy Suleiman Abu Yahya and House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi quickly erupted during the session, which caused it to descend into chaos

A row between Deputy Suleiman Abu Yahya and House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi quickly erupted during the session, which caused it to descend into chaos

One viewer commented: ‘Notice the one lone elected woman who bravely stays and watches the school yard antics of her colleagues.’

Another added: ‘This brawl happened today in Jordanian Parliament!!! These men are elected Jordanian MPs!’

One more said: ‘This is absolutely shocking. I have no words.’ 

The Constitution of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was introduced in 1952 and reportedly been amended 29 times.

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