Jordanian parliament explodes into bar-like brawl during discussion of women’s rights

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Discussions surrounding a proposed change to Jordan’s constitution ended up in a brawl more fit for a bar than a parliament this week.

A few lawmakers suggested adding a female pronoun to the Middle East country’s constitution in the section that regards equal rights, however critics argued that such a change would be “useless.” BBC reports that “opposition leader Vahe Hakobian was heckled for calling Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian a ‘lying populist’.”

Jordanian parliament members are separated during an altercation in the parliament in the capital Amman on December 28, 2021. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

It was around this time that shouting and impassioned finger-pointing gave way to slapping, hitting, and some members attempting to restrain others as they fought. All as the debate was being live-streamed to televisions around the country.

The session was adjourned following the fist-fight, and was set to return to business Wednesday.

Naturally the Twitterverse caught wind of the altercation and had some questions, comments and concerns about what is going on in Jordan:


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