Daily Israel Report

Jordanian MPs in Fistfight

Physical altercation between MPs as prime minister addresses prices of electricity.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/27/2013, 10:46 AM

Water bottle about to be launched
Water bottle about to be launched
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Fisticuffs broke out in the Jordanian parliament's plenum session Sunday as Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah al-Nussur replied to a parliamentary query from MP Kamal al-Zrul regarding the rising price of electricity.

MP Yahia al-Saud interrupted the Prime Minister and demanded that electricity prices not be raised.

At this point, MP Muataz Abu Raman intervened and called on Saud to allow the prime minister to reply to the question.

Saud took this badly. He approached Abu Raman, grabbed him and hit him in the arm. The two began to trade punches. In the course of the fight, one threw the Jordanian Constitution at the other, and the book of parliamentary rules was also hurled in the air, as were water bottles.

The Syrian civil war has worsened economic conditions in Jordan, which has had to take in hundreds of thousands of refugees. Jordan has asked for assistance from Western countries, and Israel, too, has helped by increasing the amount of water that is transferred to Jordan.