Tunisia MP repeatedly slaps female colleague in parliament

Tunisia MP repeatedly slaps female colleague in parliament

Abir Moussi, leader of the Free Destourian Party

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Opposition MP and leader of the Free Destourian Party, Abir Moussi was slapped on Wednesday twice by Tunisian Parliament representative Sahbi Samara before other MPs intervened and dragged him away.

The event is the latest in a series of episodes of violence and mayhem that have enveloped Tunisia's tumultuous parliamentary sessions.


The deputy's motive for attacking Moussi was unclear.

However, widely circulated video footage shows Samara leaping from his seat and charging towards the opposition figure while she was live-streaming the session on her phone, repeatedly hitting her.


The parliament was tense due to a sit-in organized by the Free Destourian MPs, who were protesting the adoption of a contract that would allow the Qatar Fund for Development to create an office in Tunisia.

Moussi and the Free Destourian parliamentarians are outspoken critics of Islamic movements, particularly the Ennahda movement and the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS).


"This is their genuine appearance... hegemony... violations... violence... insulting women... defaming chaste women "Moussi made the announcement on her Facebook page.

Judge and activist Kalthoum Kano, a presidential candidate in 2019, has demanded Samara's arrest.


"Parliamentary immunity does not put the MP above the law," Democratic Bloc representative Samia Abbou remarked.

Independent MP Samara did not respond to a request for comment.

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