MPs were seen putting each other in headlocks, pulling at clothes and punching each other as a fight broke out during a discussion on equal rights. It is reported several deputies wished to talk about a draft amendment that would add the Arabic female noun for a Jordanian citizen into the constitution on equal rights. However, some MPs shouted out it was “useless” before scuffles broke out in the House of Representatives in Jordan’s capital of Amman.
The fight, which took place on December 28, was made worse after the session was being broadcast live in millions of homes on the Al-Mamlaka television channel.
The row began after Deputy Suleiman Abu Yahya and parliament House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi began exchanging hostile words to each other from across the chamber.
Mr Abu Yahya attacked Mr Dughmi and said he was “unable to run the show”, adding he knew “nothing”.
Mr Dughmi responded and said: “Shut up and leave the hall.”
But things made a turn for the worse after a shouting match erupted with MPs refusing to apologise for their actions.
The footage then showed multiple members begin attacking each other.
Mr Dughmi then left the chamber with the session adjourned until the following day.
Reuters reported Khalil Atiyeh, an MP present at the fight, said: “There was a verbal shouting match that turned into a fist-fighting by several deputies. The behaviour is unacceptable to our people and harms our country’s reputation.”
While the gun threat was a first for the House of Representatives, MPs have previously thrown water bottles and grappled with each other in the past.
But the violence is not only limited to the politicians.
Journalists in Jordan have violently clashed live on air after they disagreed about the Syrian crisis in 2014.
Shaker Al-Johari and Mohammed Al-Jayousi began shouting and shoving the studio desks towards each other before it broke as the presenter tried, in vain, to calm the situation down.