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In Senegal, a quarrel between deputies during a debate in the National Assembly

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Slap merge, chair fly … A fight broke out between deputies in the Senegalese parliament, Thursday, December 1, after controversial remarks by an elected official on a religious leader who is a member of the opposition.

The scene, which immediately spread on the media and social networks, took place during the vote on the 2023 budget of the Ministry of Justice: an opposition deputy first slapped this parliamentarian, Aimé Ndiaye, who took revenge by throwing a chair at her. Before she fell to the ground and her supporters rescued her, according to pictures broadcast by several television channels and social networks. Then the parliamentarians traded punches in the stampede.

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Lack of respect for cleats

Tensions have risen in recent days in the National Assembly after controversial statements made by a government deputy on November 27 regarding a Muslim religious leader, member of the opposition coalition, Cyrine Mustapha Sy, who is not an MP but is very influential in Senegal.

The opposition accused Aimee Ndiaye of not respecting this teacher during an intervention in the assembly, accusing him in particular of not keeping his word and not respecting President Macky Sall, according to statements published by the media.

An official with the National Council told AFP that Thursday’s session was suspended after the incident.

“We will no longer accept the continuation of the sessions as long as this woman is present (in the assembly) and as long as she does not apologize.”Opposition MP Abba Mbaye said on opposition television.

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Outraged feminists

Representatives from the ruling coalition and feminist activists protested against the opposition’s use of violence, especially during the annual international campaign. “16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women and girls”With the support of the United Nations.

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The presidential camp lost the absolute majority it held after the legislative elections in July, which gave the parliament an effective balance of power in a tense political context.

President Macky Sall, who was elected in 2012 for a seven-year term and re-elected in 2019 for a five-year term, remains silent about his intentions for the 2024 presidential election.

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