Jordanian lawmakers trade tirades, leaving female members fuming
My Friend Curious Lurker asked that I page this for her since she’s unable to at the moment.
Personally I’m glad she told me about this. Seems there are a lot of issues with human rights and democracy in Jordan. I hadn’t even heard about this before. Nabih Bulos reports.
Jordan’s Parliament is no stranger to tumult, having hosted scenes of enraged members chucking ashtrays at each other and even pulling out guns during heated arguments.
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But this week’s performance was a stunner even by the legislature’s raucous standards.
On Tuesday, a three-way shouting match in Amman culminated in a walkout of all female representatives after an exasperated male colleague told them to “go put on makeup for [their] husbands,” according to a video of the session released by local broadcaster Roya News.
The sexist tirade emerged from a heated discussion about the Muslim Brotherhood, the pan-Arab political movement. One lawmaker, Abdul Majid Aqtash, who is pro-Brotherhood, criticized the government’s recent arrest of a prominent member of the group, the third arrested in recent months.