A member of Jordan’s
Parliament opened fire on a fellow lawmaker over a personal dispute Tuesday morning but missed, the state-run Petra News Agency reported.
MP Talal al-Sharif fired at MP Qusay Dmisa in a corridor of the Chamber of Deputies using a Kalashnikov
rifle while Parliament was in session, but did not wound him, local media outlets reported.
The speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Saad Hayel Srour, ended the session and called a closed-door meeting to discuss the shooting
Jordanian sources told the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that Parliament planned to dismiss the MP who opened fire.
Speaker Srour called the incident "an insult and crime against parliament" and demanded an urgent vote
on the dismissal of the shooting lawmaker.
The wife of the MP who was shot yelled outside the parliament building: "I demand to see my husband now!"
More commonly and during heated debates, lawmakers have hurled shoes
and bottled water at each other. This was the first incident in recent history involving a discharged firearm in the 180-member chamber.
Over the summer, a deputy tried to point his gun at another lawmaker during a televised debated but was overpowered by colleagues.
Weapons are officially banned inside parliament.
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