Irate Jordanian MP Draws Gun in Parliament
A Jordanian MP, angered by a fellow deputy accusing the premier of corruption, tried to draw a pistol during a session of parliament on Wednesday but was eventually circled by colleagues who talked him down.
Khalil Atiyeh, a deputy speaker who made headlines in 2009 for burning Israeli flags in parliament and at election rallies, said MP Shadi al-Adwan was irate when fellow MP Zeid Shawakbeh accused Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur of corruption.
Videotapes of the incident showed Adwan reaching for his belt to pull out a pistol and then being surrounded, AFP news agency reported.
Atiyeh said he suspended the session until Thursday, when the question of carrying arms inside parliament will also be brought to the agenda.
Last July, a Jordanian parliamentarian got into a television brawl on a popular talk show. He first took off his shoe and threw it at his adversary, then pulled a revolver from his belt.
He eventually put the gun away, according to AFP.
A similar incident recently occurred in Greece, where members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party attempted to enter the Greek parliament armed with guns but were stopped by a metal detector and asked to leave.