Senegal MP Slaps Female Colleague, Setting Off Parliament BRAWL
A brawl has broken out in Senegal’s parliament after a female member of parliament was slapped in the face by a male colleague, television footage shows, amid growing acrimony between ruling and opposition party politicians.
During a budget presentation, opposition member of parliament Massata Samb walked over and slapped Amy Ndiaye Gniby of the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition, setting off a flurry of scuffles.
Ms Gniby threw a chair back at Mr Samb before another MP tackled her to the floor. The session was suspended as MPs traded blows, accusations, and insults.
Tensions have grown between ruling and opposition politicians since a July legislative election in which the ruling party lost its comfortable majority, damaged in part by concerns President Macky Sall will seek a third term in 2024.
Mr Sall has refused to state clearly whether he plans to run for a third term, a move the opposition says would be in breach of term limits and of an earlier promise.
Supporters of Mr Sall, 60, argue a constitutional reform reset the clock, allowing him to run again.
Another scuffle broke out in September when parliament convened for the first time after the election as MPs fought over leadership of the house.
Mr Samb on Thursday was addressing the assembly about comments Ms Gniby made over the weekend in which she criticised a spiritual leader opposed to a third Sall term.
“Mister president, a deputy has stood in front of this tribune to insult someone’s marabout [spiritual leader],” Mr Samb said.
Ms Gniby scoffed at his remarks and declared she did not care, after which Mr Samb walked over and hit her.
Footage of the fight has been shared widely on social media, sparking debate about violence against women.