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Sierra Leone Lawmakers Throw Punches In Parliament Over New Electoral System

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A row over a new electoral system in Sierra Leone has prompted a brawl in parliament.

Video footage shows punches being exchanged amid raucous shouting. A huge object, apparently the parliamentary mace, is hurled from one side of the chamber to the other – and then back.

 

A journalist said security then threw out some Members of Parliament, BBC News reports.

A journalist said security then threw out some Members of Parliament, BBC News reports.

Members from the governing and opposition parties were pitted against each other over a plan to bring in proportional representation for next year’s local and general elections.

 

The proposals from the electoral commission require parliamentary approval.

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